10 Days. ACK!

We’re 10 days from the Chicago Marathon.  10 DAYS.  ACK.

And you know, I wasn’t worried at all.  I was acting like I do for any race, very “whatever” about it.  And then a couple of days it hit me:  in less than 2 weeks I’m supposed to somehow run 26.2 miles straight and not pass out (or whatever other terrible thing you can imagine happening).

And I really thought I could finish it in 5 hours, I was totally confident about it after my half marathon results.  But then you have a 20 miler that tires you out and throws you back into reality.  Can I even do it?  I ran my 20 miler in 3:59.  That doesn’t even include my four (FOUR!!!) pee breaks.  In real life I don’t pee once an hour, why the hell I can’t hold it in during a long run?  I don’t want to lose time (or worse, cramp out!) if I’m stuck waiting in a long port-a-potty line!  It’s not like the MCM where there bushes around it, and you can somewhat discretely take a squat (not that I have done that, since I’ve only run the 10k, but I’ve heard many who have done it).

And this weekend when I hit that 20 miler mark?  I was done.  DONE.  Sure, I walked another 4 miles, but heck, that’s walking, I can do that any day.  Plus it was sloooooow.  No, really, very sloooooooow.  How am I supposed to run another 6.2, and worse:  do it faster than I’ve done my 20 milers so far?

Can I cross that finish line?  Unless something beyond my control happens (knock on wood), hell yes I can!  I won’t even get picked up by the slow bus, I promise!

But can I do it in 5 hours?  I dunno.

I’m getting nervous.  I’m trying not to be nervous about it, but with 10 days to go until my first marathon (EVER), I can’t help it.

I have to be really really really good at pacing myself and holding a steady pace early on, instead of going out too fast like I tend to do.

And let’s hope the weather holds out.  Apparently, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting rain.  If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t even like doing short runs in the rain, much less be out there for 5 miles while my feet get soaked up and covered in blisters.

Anyone else starting to freak out about a first race or an upcoming marathon?  Tell me that’s normal, please.


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15 responses to “10 Days. ACK!

  1. Carla, breathe 🙂 You are going to be okay! The race is going to be a lot of fun! And if you don’t hit 5:00 it is NOT the end of the world. 🙂

    Do you think you had to pee so much because you were drinking too much water? I did hear that store owners let runners come in to pee. That may be an option. Or just go on your leg. I would 😉

    It’s going to be a ton of fun! That’s all I’m thinking about 🙂

  2. I’m getting nervous too..but I’m also so, so excited. We’re going to be able to call ourselves marathoners in 10 days! How amazing is that?

    (I’m going to pretend I didn’t read that about the rain.)

  3. Tracy

    Not only CAN you, but you WILL. I will be there with you and I know lots and lots of really crappy pop songs and am not ashamed to make a fool of myself. And when you’re tired of hearing Britney Spears, you’ll have to run faster to get away from me!

    If there are lines for the port-a-potties, there are always dumpsters to squat behind. It happens. It will be an awesome time. The race is flat, the crowds cheer, I sing, the weather won’t be terrible.

  4. Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS

    Just remember, you’ll have the adrenaline of race day, plus the encouragement of tons of people around you. You will do GREAT!

  5. Carla you can do it! Plus I agree with Courtney..once race day roles around and you are running with all those other people you will get through those 20 with no problems 🙂

    Oh – I was so excited when I ran my first 13.1 that I picked up the car magnet at the expo. I was so looking forward to putting it on my car (and it looks very nice on the car too). Pick up the 26.2 and show it off! 🙂

    • I might just come back with a big 26.2 sticker on my car. Does it count when you have only run that distance once though?

      I wanted to get the 13.1 until one of my friends was like “They sell a 13.1 sticker? That’s so lame, like 13 miles is a lot, hahaha” — that was when I ran my first half so I was all embarrassed because, hey, it was a lot for me! (And it still is.) But it kept me from buying it because of his stupid comment.

      • Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS

        Of course it counts! Do you know how many people can say they’ve run a marathon? That’s something no one can ever take away from you. Even if you never do one again, you’ll be able to say “I’ve run a marathon” for the rest of your life. HUGE accomplishment. HUGE!

  6. You are going to do GREAT!!! I am so excited for you!!

  7. Of course it’s normal to freak out!
    Don’t worry, you’ll be fine 🙂

    If it does rain, bring an extra pair of socks and change at the halfway point. We did that for a training run for my first marathon, and it felt great!

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