It's still a long time away, right? The marathon isn't anytime soon, is it?
I'm not starting to get jitters about it or anything. Me, over-worry??? Nah... you must be thinking of some other blogger.
Okay, I've been known to make mountains out of mole hills. I've over-thought and over-worried about things since I was little. So it's no surprise then that I am starting to, just now feeling, just now getting around to begin the worrying process over the marathon.
Let me get this out of my system now...
Holy crap, I'm running a MARATHON!!!
That's like 26 miles, right?
Um, 26 point 2 to be precise. It's going to be a solid four-and-a-half hours of running if I'm lucky; if not, that could extend closer to five.
If I'm LUCKY I will run for four-and-a-half hours!!!
Talk about bad luck...
Yet, that race is on Feb. 7, and that is still a looooong time away. I mean, we haven't even hit Christmas for crying out loud. Let alone New Year's. Well, it will be here soon enough, before I know it I imagine, but we have to get 2009 out of the way first.
So why am I beginning to fret? Why am I acting like I need to start getting my stuff together for Surf City? Like it's this weekend already...
Because I got this from my pace leader.
Top (a couple of layers)
Sunscreen (try on training runs first)
Water Bottle/Pack/Sports Drink
Gu (or whatever you use-I use 5 for a marathon: miles 4, 8, 12, 16, & 20)
Watch/GPS (make sure it’s charged)
Band-aids (just in case-put in pack)
Tylenol 8 Hour
Breakfast (bring what you usually eat before long runs)
Emergency Money (Never know-put in packs)
Make sure you wear something (shirt or hat) to identify yourself as a Loper... This is needed to so we can encourage one another along the course...
For finish line pictures: Do not stop your watch until you have passed the finish line (it will only be a 1 or 2 second difference). You don’t want to be looking down at your watch for your picture.
I had to re-read the last lines, the part about finishing. I mean, she actually expects me to finish the race? I don't think she realizes how long the race is.
And this isn't even half of the e-mail. Literally. I'm going to split it up between this post and another one, because I almost choked on the whole thing when I read it the first time. And the second. And it hasn't gone down any easier in any of the other readings since then.
I have to concentrate on breathing now.
And why is my body shaking?