Pre-race nerves

I spent the better part of an hour last night compiling a "Monumental Half Playlist" for my iPod. When it comes to running, I'm all about music and can easily admit that I have a hard time keeping my running groove when I'm not ya know, groovin'.  My playlist is a big part of any race I participate in.  Aside from just having a general affinity towards music, I find nothing more inspirational than a really good power anthem to put a little bit more giddy-up in my step and fuel my desire to become a better athlete.

I'm not a very superstitious person, but I do have some go-to songs that I feel HAVE to be on my playlist in order for me to have a good run.  Maybe it's because it was the song blaring over the loudspeakers at the start of my first mini, but I always have Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" as the very first track on my list. It's gets my feet moving and ready to hit the pavement, kind of like a Pavlovian response.

I also have my absolute favorite jam of all-time on my playlist multiple times. For some reason, Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" is my song. When I listen to it during my workouts (and really anytime I ever hear it), I'm about one-shyness point away from actually throwing my hands up in the air and saying "Ayoh, gotta let go!" just as Cruz so poetically instructs.  I like having a little "Dynamite" at the beginning of the race and also towards the end when I feel like I'm starting to fade.

^^I honestly don't think this music video goes with the song all. 

Also making appearances on my Monumental Half Playlist is a little Britney Spears, a little Gaga, a whole lot of Glee, some Eminem and of course, BACKSTREET BOYS!

I've never tried to pretend like I have good taste in music.

I woke up this morning having some tummy issues that I'm diligently praying is just nerves about the race tomorrow. And, as always, it seems the more I think about how bad I feel, the worse I actually start to feel. I'm sure it's just nerves. I'm praying it's just nerves. I don't want to miss this race for anything. We're supposed to have a beautiful, sunny day in the upper 50s tomorrow. It's gonna be great.

I just have to relax. Deep breaths. In and out. In and out.

Wish me luck!


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