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This Rookie’s Ramblings, #4: Scared, Nervous? Not an Option!

by justin on December 30, 2011 · 2 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2012)

In a few short weeks I will be embarking on the “official” training for the marathon and a friend of mine asked me whether I was nervous at all about finishing the race. She said that would be her biggest fear going into the process (especially if she were me & blogging about it!), that she would get to mile 20 and just lose her chicken.

Honestly, until she said that, the thought of failure had not occurred to me. Not once. And it still isn’t something I will think about or worry about, since that is just not how my mind works. I believe in the power of positive thinking and have for as long as I can remember. As a result, I don’t consider the possibility of failure. I’m not the type to use terms like “visualizing” but that is probably how others would describe it.

Failure is not an option. I am going into this training process with my eyes wide open. I know I have much to learn and there will be moments where I am going to be in a lot of pain, and probably very frustrated, but when the rubber meets the road, I have zero doubt in my mind that I will finish the race.

I would love to hear from other first-time marathoners as to their pre-season thoughts.


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1 Holly December 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

I have taken on the same perspective, Justin. I am confident that I will battle through whatever is thrown my way on race day (weather, temperature, cramps, exhaustion, “the wall”, mental battles) and that all the training will pay off! Come race day, I will have trained for months, mentally and physically, and will be prepared to not only finish, but finish strong.

2 Justin January 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

See everyone at First Run this morning. Happy New Year!

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