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.