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This Rookie’s Ramblings, (Erin, #13): Scaredy Cat

by Erin on May 6, 2013 · 5 comments

in This Rookie's Ramblings (2013)

Holy Bananas, this Marathon is getting closer and closer!  I am beginning to freak out just a tad…. Ahhh!

I’m cruising along, but I’m still so slow!  I keep trying to convince myself that as long as I cross the finish line I don’t care what my time is, but I really hope I can beat that dreaded 6 hours.  It sounds so easy, but….I’m scared!  I never really feel totally prepared before a race; I should’ve trained better, harder, longer (cue Kanye West’s song), and I’m starting to feel that way now!

My friend, Jamie, is still a wonderful running buddy and confidence booster.  Last Friday we ran her longest distance and it reminded me of the joys and sense of accomplishment gained from pushing a little bit farther each day until you reach a new milestone.  I guess I’m still in pursuit of that.  I’m scared to let myself down, and now that I’ve put myself in this very public forum, I’m scared to let other people down like my family, my friends, my students and school community.  I’m scared I’ll let all of my bridesmaids down, especially Meaghan, who’s running the full with me and is an experienced marathoner (she ran the KBVCM a few years ago).  I’m scared I’ll embarrass myself.

Anyway, I could use a hug right about now!  Is anyone else feeling nervous?  What if I come in LAST?!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dave May 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Just keep sticking to your training and you will be fine! You got this! Transform your stress into motivation!

2 Kim Dickinson May 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

You won’t come in last cause I’m gonna! Did my 20 miler today and for more reasons than one it was brutal. So don’t worry. We can either be last together or if I see ya I can roll ya down the last few miles on the bike path!!

3 crystal neskey May 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I won’t even get to finish, I was told today that I will most likely end up with a stress fracture in my shin if I run the entire marathon, so run slow if you have to, be happy you can do it all.

4 Meaghan May 8, 2013 at 8:22 am

Erin, you will never disappoint! It is totally normal to feel this way, and I promise you that we will finish together! It will hurt. It will be hard, but we will all work together to make it happen!

5 Holly May 8, 2013 at 10:36 am

Hugs to you!

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