My first marathon is now so close I can feel it.
I fly out to Portland is just a few hours.
To calm my pre-race anxiety I am just trying to follow this good advice:
“Don’t get caught up in the competitive vibe or get freaked out by the numbers on the sideline clock or your watch. You don’t want to miss the experience because you’re so stressed out about finishing in a time that you – or anyone else – considers respectable.
Treat the race itself like a celebratory victory lap.”
That is what I intend to do.
If you are interested in checking in on me this Sunday the Portland Marathon website will have athlete tracking available. I am bib #1404!
The marathon starts at 7am pacific / 10am eastern and I don’t expect to cross the finish line for … a while.
I have an A goal that I haven’t shared with anyone other than the stranger who created my SmartPace band, but my B goal is just to finish.
I will be VERY happy just to reach my B goal, but I think it will be a good mental test to strive for something better that is still within reach… provided I don’t wimp out in the second half of the race (like I tend to do).
The thing about reaching for my A goal isn’t JUST that it would make me feel good on Sunday, but it would also set the tone for the rest of the fall / winter during which I would like to PR in the 5K and half marathon distances.
Buuttt if I doesn’t happen, there’s always another day. Running is a lifetime sport and I have plenty of time to reach my goals (I hope).
… Now I need to go double and triple check my bag to make sure I have everything I need for Sunday … and then try to relax!!!!
The next time I post to this blog I’ll be a marathoner.
Talk to you on Monday!