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Pre-Race Prep

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.

From our stay in Cleveland - a reminder to appreciate these moments.
Appreciate quiet moments

My next struggle - tame the marathon weight-gain beast. Up 4lbs this session.
My next struggle – tame the marathon weight-gain beast. Up 4lbs this session.

bib
number three is still scary

expo
Columbus has one of the better expos!

happiness
next goal… working on this!

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