I’m down to 3 days away from the United NYC Half Marathon, and I just have to say one thing: I am FREAKING the heck out.
My logical side says – calm down! It’s 13.1 miles! You’ve run that a handful of other times. You’ve had more long runs this training cycle than in any other cycle before it. Hell, you’ve even run double digits in driving snow and wind, you can do anything! You’ve even ran during your vacation last weekend, when by all accounts you earned a few rest days.
But really, how could you NOT run in a gym that time traveled from 1982 to be with you?
You’ve added strength training and cross training and only strayed from the schedule twice when you were too sick to run. You’ve run on the treadmill, outside, done hills, sprints, squats – you’ve done everything right!
Including that last long run on Sunday that kind of sucked.
By all accounts, I’ve got no reason to panic. So WHY am I lying awake until past midnight every night, having stress dreams about missing the starting gun, and unable to eat more than a few bites of food at a time? Why do I find myself wanting to binge on cupcakes and Reese’s cups until I physically can’t run on Sunday?
The short answer? Probably because I want to run my best race yet. Because I’m a perfectionist and my Type A personality can’t handle the stress of the unknown.
But what it all comes down to is this: it’s normal. I do the same thing with every half I’ve run before, and every time it’s gone amazingly well. And if I did a poll, I bet most of you experience some degree of taper-time nerves too. Maybe not to the semi-insane degree that I experience them, but still nerves.
So what’s a girl to do? Well, today I’m taking a half day off of work, and I’m going to relax for an hour at home before I head into the Expo in the city to pick up my bib and attend a special Invite-Only Instameet Party hosted by NYRR tonight (eek!), and I’m going to have a glass of wine when I’m there. I’m going to soak up every minute and breathe and smile. Then tomorrow I’m going to take my last shakeout run, Saturday I’m going to rest and get to bed as early as I can.
And on Sunday, I’m going to run my best race yet. I guarantee it.
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Love the Reeses, just stay away from them until after the race. Best of luck on Sunday! And not a line about your News 12 interview? Alert everyone on your blog — post it please!
Thanks, Jo-Ann! I actually just got confirmation as I was writing this, I’m meeting with News12 this afternoon. Can’t wait to share that whole story!!
I’m getting so excited for you! Relax as much as you can. You’ve had a great training cycle, and your’e going to do great!
Thanks so much Rae!! ❤
Super excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it. You’ve trained hard, I’m sure you will do great!!
Thank you Patricia! It was incredible – one of my most challenging and rewarding races yet! I’ll be posting the race recap soon! 🙂
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Thank you! It was an incredible race – I’ll be posting the recap soon! 🙂
Good luck! Have a great race!
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Thanks so much Fallon! It was incredible, I’ll be posting the race recap soon! 🙂