It's October, do you know what that means? If you're a runner, you know that means we are right in the middle of the fall marathon season. I believe that the fall season is bigger than the spring with more and perhaps bigger races. I was reflecting back on last year when I became a marathoner (some days I still can't believe that I did it) and remember all the uncertainty and emotions I experienced during that last week leading up to the marathon. Your brain works so much harder as your in the end of the taper period, you have more energy and your body just wants to run.
There are a certain few ladies that I run with regularly that will be earning the title in just over a week at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon and I know they are starting to go through all the questions and emotions that I did last year. Erin & Sarah, you will be GREAT! Andrea, you've got this!!! I cannot wait to cheer you into the finish line! Jen and Christa who are tackling 13.1 for the first time. I am so excited to run with Jen for her first Half Marathon and Christa; we'll be the crazy ones screaming for you as you enter the finish chute! So many friends running their first full and first half. Whether you are running or walking 26.2 or 13.1 for the first time, it is a really big freaking deal! Heck, running your 1st or your 10th, it's still a big deal!
I am seriously getting excited for next Sunday (10/21). It's my first time running the Columbus Half Marathon and I can't wait to experience it. I've heard such great reviews of it. So many friends from RunDMC will be there, friends from high school (Miranda running your first half!), friends I've made from running, and of course, my bestest running friends; Jamie & Kate. It's going to be a HUGE party! Yep, I've got goosebumps!
Whenever your mind starts going to the places that it shouldn't in this next week, refer back to these:
"The key to running a good marathon is to not listen to anyone's advice the last week before the race. That's when people tend to do stupid things that disrupt all the input and training of the previous months."
Emil Zatopek, Czech runner; winner of four Olympic gold medals:
"We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon."
Gordon Bakoulis Bloch:"You can't cram for the final. By that, I mean you're not going to get any fitter during the last couple of weeks before the race. So don't try cramming any last minute long runs or extra training. The best thing you can do for your body is rest."
Steve Jobs:"There are times when you run a marathon and you wonder, Why am I doing this? But you take a drink of water, and around the next bend, you get your wind back, remember the finish line, and keep going."
Unknown: "The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race."
And one of my personal favorites, one I think of often:
John Hanc, running writer
"I've learned that finishing a marathon isn't just an athletic achievement. It's a state of mind; a state of mind that says anything is possible."
Stop thinking. Trust your training! You have done all the hard work and the race is the celebration of all of that hard work.
I can't wait to celebrate with all of you next week at the end of the Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon! If you're not running Columbus, I will celebrate in spirit with you at the end of your race.
Good luck to all! Happy Running!!!