Last weekend was Tough Mudder (in case you missed it, lol), and I knew my marathon training would be altered because of it. I actually ended up doing Tough Mudder in place of my scheduled 13 mile run–and I think that worked out well.
But this weekend was a rescheduled race from an icy day back in March. It was the inaugural race on the turf of my running group–The Selden Hills Warriors.
We were pretty much all in the same boat, with 20 mile runs scheduled and a 10k race to work around. There were a lot of different plans out there, but I chose to race on Sunday and do my 20 miler Tuesday.
The race started early, at 7:30am, and I decided to run the 1.8 miles to the race site as a warm up. The atmosphere was awesome and all the warriors made up the biggest sea of red we’ve ever had represent at a race.
I’m not gonna lie–my goal was to run as close to 50 as possible, with a realistic goal of breaking 50. This was our race and I wanted to make sure I left it all out there and was satisfied with my effort.
But with expectations come nerves–so nervous! One of the most difficult aspects of this race (besides all the hills) was to correctly pace myself to the finish I wanted. Go out too slow on this course–can’t make it up with the hills! Go out too fast–totally gassed out on the hills! The challenge was finding that fine line, and that was what I was most nervous about.
Yes, we rang the bell!
It was most definitely an amazing day put on by Race Awesome. Our course was brought to life, and we all got to truly test our limits on it in a race atmosphere.
Next up, a nice flat 20 miler, then taper time!
One last thing…
Do expectations make you nervous?
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