Half marathons aren’t new to me. I’ve raced in a lot of them now. But for some reason, I’m starting to get nervous about the Canada Army Run half marathon I’m running in on Sunday. Perhaps it’s the 80% chance of rain in the forecast, or the fact that I have set some lofty race goals, but I’m starting to think that it might just be excitement. The last race I ran was pre-Odin.
When I got home from work last night, my bib number was waiting for me in my inbox – 2634 (a shipping notification from Oiselle for my new pair of Lux Track Pants was also waiting for me – score!). I’ve been so anxious to race, and I feel like I have truly put in the time and effort to prepare myself this time. I made a plan, I made adjustments to it as the weeks of training went on, I made sure I was fuelling myself properly, and I shattered some of my PRs in the process – something I’m hoping to once again do on Sunday. For the first time in my running life, I feel ready. I already have a routine set for the morning of race day. My Garmin and iPod are charged. Picky Bars and Nuun tabs are stashed in my running bag.
I caught a cold and was sick most of last week, and have a small injury, but I’m not letting those things get in the way (and I caught the injury early so I’m feeling pretty good, and the cold has run it’s course by now). I’ve been clocking some of the best paces and times I have ever run in my life the past few weeks and am interested to see how the added adrenaline and the energy of the crowd will affect my race. The Army Run is an amazing event with an indescribable atmosphere that you can only understand by being there, and even more so when running alongside some of the bravest men and women who fight for our country.
I know a lot of fellow runners can probably relate to some of these feelings. How do you deal with pre-race jitters? Also, I want to thank you all for reading my posts and following along on my running journey. It means so much 🙂 xo