Race day for the Calgary Half Marathon is very nearly here.
I am excited and nervous for race day.
I am nervous because of my goal for this race.
I am nervous to toe the line and to put myself out there. But then I remind myself that this year is all about taking chances…to see what I am made of.
I am not nervous about when it will start to hurt in the race…I am nervous about pushing through.
My goal for Sunday is to run a personal best half marathon…something I haven’t done since April 2009. It has been a long road since then. I raced my first Ironman in 2010, got burned out and pretty well completely stopped working out. It has been a slow process rebuilding fitness, confidence and speed. There really is no back up B goal other than to have a positive race and do the best I can on race day.
My strategy is to practice patience so that I don’t start out too fast and risk blowing up. I also plan to call on all of my mental tricks to keep me positive throughout the race.
I am fit. I am strong. I want this. I am here to push through. Go fast, take chances. Head up, wings out. Believe.
Being familiar with the course will also help me to break the race up into chunks, stay in the moment and not focus on what I have left to run.
The work is done. It is now time to execute. Wish me luck!!
Are you running one of the events at the Calgary Marathon this weekend? If so I hope to see you there!