It’s been a CRAZY few weeks. Last week, I ran 11 miles in Columbus, 4 miles in Cincinnati and 6 miles in Cleveland. Between a really busy period at work, a presentation at a statewide conference, an out of town wedding and a houseguest, I have been fighting off a great sense of being overwhelmed. Every day has basically been just making it to the next day. And then I would remember one little thing… this MARATHON coming up. But now I don’t wonder if being so distracted hasn’t helped. I have my clothes laid out, I have my nutrition plan, I stuffed myself full of pasta last night, and I even have company for my first 13. What I REALLY want to do is get my head in the game and not have a mental breakdown as I’m pretty sure is what destroyed me in Nashville. The Columbus Marathon has introduced a Psyching Team, and I stopped by their booth at the expo. I picked up a list of pointers, and had a great talk with one of the team members. She gave me a small piece of ribbon on a pin and said it was a piece of the actual Finish Line Ribbon. The only rule on race day is that it has to cross the finish line. She suggested attaching a mantra or catch phrase to the ribbon so I could associate it with positive thoughts to get me through hard moments. I love this idea!
I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, so here are some shots from the last few weeks as I get myself race-ready.