I'm a pretty open person so I am gonna share how terrified I am right now! In thinking about this endeavor I'm getting a bit sick to my stomach and am having headaches! I'm pretty sure my husband is ready for this to be over since I snapped his head off the other day basically out of inner turmoil! He's being very supportive and I appreciate that very much.
Under no circumstances do I think I won't finish, nor do I feel unprepared, it's just a daunting task of something I've never tackled. I felt the same way for my first half and now they feel old hat to me. I don't get super stressed, I know how it goes and there's very little to worry about (unless you're 100s of miles away from home and left your running shoes--at home!!! Yep I've done it! Had to buy new shoes and run in them unbroken in--gasp!! It was fine!).
This is different because people talk about how different it is! A runner I know told me running a full is not like doing a half twice, it's like doing it four times. Um, WHAT?!? Then he proceeded to assure me that I was ready and just not to go out of the gate too fast! Even with that first comment I left feeling much better about the race to come.
My friend, we'll call him truck, was of absolutely no help while we were at the half. I'm pretty sure he said after a full you want to die! Awesome, looking forward to it! His wife, Runner supreme, on the other hand has repeatedly said "you got this!!" and she's done more fulls than him, I think it's because she's more hard core!
So, I text Julie and tell her it's packing day and her response "I think I just threw up in my mouth a little!". She also reminded me yesterday that this was all my idea and she was just being supportive (your bling will not say--just being supportive, it will just confirm your hard coreness!!!). She said some other things too but I won't share them on the blog! ;)
I keep obsessively checking the weather report, I should stop, but I'm still praying for some milder temps and low humidity!!!
In short, preparing for a marathon is hell, but I knew it would be. In Marathoning for Mortals, John Bingham talks about the week before a race and all the crazy things people have been known to do, buy cars, buy every running gadget known to man, hyperventilate (maybe I just thought that one), basically he said pre-race hysteria is normal and to be expected. Good to know I'm normal--hahaha!!!
For all the people who read and have started running... Lacey and I are SO FREAKING EXCITED we can't put it into words! Leave us a comment and let us know how it's going, send us questions, tell us how we can support you!
Happy running everybody!!!!