Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wedding, I mean Race Day Jitters

So race day is just a few days away. Actually less than a few days away. It feels like it was just a few weeks ago when I started researching the Country Music Marathon and became more and more excited with the thought of running a half marathon. The truth is that was over 4 months ago. I would be lying if I didn't admit I have some jitters and nerves about running the race now that it is so close.

It feels like a wedding. You make this huge commitment and put all this hard work into something that will only last a few hours.  My mom will be walking me down the aisle, I mean cheering me on. And instead of a few hundred guests I will have a few thousand. My bridesmaids are my fellow runners, some of which I know: Mere, Megan, Ashley, Paige, Kelly, Liz; plus another 25,000 or so. And with all this planning and training comes anticipation. Will the day go as I planned? Will I feel okay? Will I make it?! Having my injury has really set me back some, which makes me have more doubts about my ability. Kind of like a big fight with the "fiance" would a wedding.  But I have made this commitment. I am stronger than I know. 13.1 will not be the death of me. I have put endless hours of training and am ready. I can not have any doubts and must be 100% sure of my decision and commitment. I am. And the jubilation and pride I will have when it is done will be worth all the sweat and hard work.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"-Philippians 4:13
Bring it on.
I got this.


  1. You're totally going to rock your half marathon :) You know you've trained well, and will be so proud to say you've run a half. Looking forward to hearing about it :)

  2. You are going to rock that half marathon! I think we all get the jitters before a big's part of the fun :) I will be there, running/crawling the full! Good luck and can't wait to read your race report!!

  3. Hey girl! I just found your blog because from Skinny Runner, and I'm actually from Birmingham, too---what are the odds?! Good luck with the race!

  4. I'm sure you will do great!!! I'm so excited for you. You ae such an inspiration. Maybe one day I will run/crawl a race with ya!!!

  5. I did the same race last year and I ended up having to slow my pace down to almost 10 minute miles because of the hills. I'd been training in FL on flat ground and completely forgot about compensating for hills. Even though I wasn't fully prepared, I still had a blast running in the rain. The support from the fellow runners is phenomenal and such a motivation to keep going even when you wanna quit!