I’m resting in my hotel bed — nervous and anxious — and obsessively updating my running playlist. Yep, it’s the day before a marathon. Adding to my normal pre-race anxiety, my body has felt out of whack all week as I’ve recovered from that stupid bug. I felt defeated for most of the week, positive that my body was failing me when I needed it most. I busted my butt for 18 weeks, and I was angry that those 18 weeks could be for nothing. But I’m feeling much better now and seem (fingers crossed!) to be back to normal, and I’m hopeful tomorrow will be a good day. I just need to trust in my training and do the very best I can tomorrow. Hopefully my very best starts with a 3.
John, Dad and I made the trek to Eugene on Friday. This morning we went to the expo and picked up our race bibs and shirts.
This is the first time I’ve traveled to a marathon two days before the race, and it’s much more relaxing than traveling the day before. Poor John is pretty bored though.
After picking up our bibs, we drove the first 16 miles of the race. There are a few small hills, but it’s mostly flat with a lot of long straightaways. Should be a good course to go for a PR!
Speaking of PRs, I only have one time-based goal: Finish sub 4. My other goals are to run a smart race, thank the volunteers and spectators, and take in the experience of finishing on Hayward Field. I’ve visualized myself finishing on Hayward Field dozens of times, and tomorrow I finally get to do it!
Less than 16 hours! Now back to perfecting my running playlist…