At the beginning of this last week I was pretty darn nervous about this marathon thing I’ll be running in 5 days. Every time someone asked if I was ready, I would say…I’m ready to get it over with! Even though I ended up cutting back on my training days, it was very draining. I felt like all I was doing was running…and I pretty much was. Sunday I watched most of the ING NYC Marathon and oddly enough I felt different from when I watched the Chicago Marathon last month. Watching the finish line of the Chicago Marathon made me nauseas but watching the NYC Marathon yesterday, I did not get nauseas or anxious, I got somewhat excited. Excited to know that in a week I will be doing the same thing that these folks are doing…something that I said I would never do…I’m running a marathon…26.2 miles! Then my hubby and I jumped in the car and drove into Pensacola to drive the marathon course. With turn by turn directions in my hands, I made notes of small inclines, hills and some checkpoint miles I need to remember.
After doing this I didn’t feel anxious but I felt more confident. I was confident because we ran most of the route during training. I know this route, I know the hills that are in this route. I got this!
I received a handout that was given to my marathon training group Saturday at the last meeting, which I could not attend because I was with my 5k training group as they ran and finished their first 5k. They all did fantastic!
Back to the handout…
The first thing written on it was The Marathon – A Mental Game! So immediately I decided if I didn’t start thinking that I can do this, I wouldn’t. Today when folks ask me if I’m ready for the marathon my answer will be ….YES! I’m ready and excited and I know it’s gonna be great! Seriously, as I write this, that is exactly how I feel. I am confident that when it gets tough, I will be ok. I’ve pushed through pain and feeling like I had to throw up during a run, I can do this! I’ve had 2 babies, one without pain medication, I can do this! I have family and friends that believe in me so I believe in me and I CAN DO THIS!
I think I’m going to get a massage on Wednesday. I feel my other leg muscles are pretty tight just from overcompensating for my knee. Those that have done a marathon, did you get a massage days before the race? Is it a good idea?