Random things I need to remember when I run Phoenix Marathon in two weeks:
I’m ready for this. I have put in LOTS of hard work this time around (not like I don’t every time, but this time I’ve really listened to what Coach MG has said, I’ve paid more attention to “the other stuff” – like pilates, my mental game and even nutrition). I’m ready. 🙂
I’m not going to die. When things get tough in the marathon, I have a tendency to give up. Mentally and physically. I start to imagine problems. Classic example: Chicago marathon last year – I was convinced something was wrong with my right quad, so I slowed (walked) it in. In retrospect, I think I was being a wimp. So in Phoenix when it gets tough – and it will – I need to remember that I’m not going to die and I need to toughen up and run!
If I get off pace for a mile or two, don’t freak out. I know it may come as a shock to you all, but I have a tendency to overreact and freak out about things. In previous marathons when I run a mile 10 or 20 seconds slower than planned – or when I see a pace group pass me – I freak out and convince myself that I’m screwed and not going to meet my goal time. In Phoenix I’m not going to let myself panic like this. A mile or two or even three slower than goal time is OK. I can still get back on track and meet my goal time. And if I don’t, really in the grand scheme of things, who cares?
Smile and have fun. I love running. I love running marathons. I love running marathons in new places. And I love running marathons in new places where I have a face that I love on the sidelines supporting me. So at the end of the day, I need to remember to smile and have fun. 🙂