With just about a month to go until the Portland Marathon I am starting to have a little PRE-RACE ANXIETY.
The other night during a run I started wondering, “why did I sign up to run a marathon?” and “I could run 26.2 miles around my neighborhood and it would be less stressful. What is the point of doing it at a structured race? I don’t need a medal!” (But really, it’s such a pretty medal that I am excited about earning it.)
I had these exact same nervous thoughts leading up to my first half marathon and of course I’m so glad I crossed that starting line. I know it will be the same with the marathon. I’ve been reminding myself that sometimes you just gotta move out of your comfort zone to grow.
I’ve been hesitant to book our flights and hotel for Portland because I didn’t want to waste the money if I ended up getting injured. Well, with only two more weeks of long runs to go (a 15-miler and a 20-miler), and with lots of butterflies in my stomach I booked everything up on Sunday night.
We’ll be staying at a hotel that is less than 5 minutes walking distance from the marathon starting line which will be really nice. Portland looks like such a gorgeous city, I really wish we were able to spend more time there.
People say there’s no better way to explore a city than to run it, so I guess given our short trip it’s a good thing I’ll be running the full marathon and not the half : )
The race is on Sunday, so on Saturday I plan to hit up the expo and then check out part of the course. I’m concerned about some potential hills that way not have been mentioned in the course description… I spoke to someone the other day who said she ran the RNR Portland Half and there were more hills than she realized there would be.
Considering I am coming from sea level, any amount of hills makes me slightly nervous. I definitely registered under the impression the course was mainly flat. The course profile seems friendly enough. It definitely includes more elevation than I run in Fort Lauderdale but it doesn’t look too daunting. I’m used to running bridges every day so I hope that helps.
My typical elevation gain looks like this, hah!
That spike there in the middle is not real. It shows up like that all the time but trust me when I say mile 4 has no elevation gain at all. It’s on a flat boardwalk! There must just be something around there that causes my Garmin to go a little crazy.
Oh well, no matter what the course will actually be like there’s nothing I can do about it now, so I am going to try and not worry about it. As long as it’s pretty close to the course profile (which I think it must be), everything will be okay!
How do you calm your pre-race nerves?