I’ve recently been asked on more than one occasion and in more than one way,
“Are you ready?”
My response has been all over the place, but it really is a loaded question.
Am I ready?
Yes and No and everything in between.
I’ve done the training. Not like training in the past but ultimately I do think that I’ve done enough to be ready. I’ll be honest, for all the bluff about knowing I will get to the finish line; I do have some doubts. Small doubts, but doubts just the same. I actually think these doubts will work in my favor.
I know that I can run this distance. I’ve done it before. I’ve done it more than once. Muscle memory aside, I’ve also know mentally what it takes to push through when you want to stop. Who remembers me literally crying when running Chicago? I still got to the finish line.
I also know that each race is different. No two marathons are alike. No two races are alike even if it is the same course. With knowledge is power. I have the knowledge of how hard this day will be. I have the knowledge that it won’t be a walk in the park even if it ends in Central Park. I have the knowledge that my body can go the distance. I have the knowledge of knowing that no matter what I will continue to move forward to get the finish line. Most of all, I have the knowledge to know how sweet it is to cross the finish line.
I think this knowledge is bringing a calmness to the preparation of the day. I am looking forward it tremendously, but I am calm about it. No nerves. It will be what it will be. I think this will help me. The no expectations. The knowing what to expect. These things will help me to keep myself in check. EVERYONE is excited at the beginning of any race. The trick is to know that what you feel like at mile one is definitely not what you will feel like at mile 20. So the knowledge that I have in how hard the end of the race will be will keep me from not following the plan. I t will keep me to be realistic in my pace, my expectations, and my finish time. This will not be a BQ. This will not be a PR. This will be my slowest marathon. I am ok with that. It is this knowledge and peace that will help me to keep my head on and my feet moving:)