Start your engines!

We are down to the wire. It's the day before the Festival 500 Mini Marathon and my nerves are in full-swing! I keep obsessively checking the weather forecast for tomorrow, and it's currently stating there will be a 70% of thunderstorms right around the race's start time. I also received a mass email yesterday from the race organizers letting participants know that temperatures were expected to be in the high 80s and we will be at greater risk for heat-related injuries.

Needless to say, I'm anxious about running sluggish and slow in the heat and even MORE anxious about not being able to run at all if we have stormy weather.


I'm so antsy today. I can't sit still. I can't concentrate on anything else. I'm worried I won't be able to run at all. I'm worried I won't be able to run fast. I'm even worried that worrying is going to mentally exhaust me before I even get to the starting line.

Even worse? I have no idea what to wear.

I did a bunch of laundry last night and went through all of my workout clothes, but none of my tshirts are screaming "PR!" to me.

^^And my palms started sweating as I typed that last sentence because I'm afraid that mentioning "PR" is going to jinx me. I haven't even been able to even say the word out loud in the past week. Rather, I've just referred to it as "the thing that shall not be named".

When I did I get so superstitious?

Speaking of superstitions, I will be leaving in just a few minutes to visit the race expo and pick-up my registration packet. Afterwards, Clay and I will once again partake in my mini marathon ritual of going to a nearby mall and eating cold, slimy spaghetti from the food court. I've done it before every half marathon, and I feel like I have to keep doing it forever and ever, for the rest of my life if I want to have a good race.

Hopefully I will have some good news to report back on Monday in my weekend recap. For as nervous as I am about racing conditions, I'm ridiculously excited to stand at the start line and run! I've got my playlist finalized (thank you all very much!) and am doing everything in my power to make sure I have a great race. I know I can only control so much myself (but if I could control anything in the world, I wish it could be weather!), so I just need to relax and let whatever happens, happen. I put in the training, I logged the miles, it's all in God's hands now.

Have a great weekend! And good luck, runners! :)


  1. Pretty much everything you said (other the PR) I agree with. "Wow, my legs are really tired right now, and it's an early run, and humidity takes it out of me...what about the other runners? I've trained SO hard for this..."

    We're gonna kill it. If Indy cancels the event, we're running my half marathon course together.

    And by together, I mean I'll tell you what it is and see you about fifteen or twenty minutes after you finish.


Post a Comment