Yup! I have them at the moment. It is Wednesday morning – though you all won’t see this until Saturday by which time I should have a full blown case of nerves.
Back near the end of February and beginning of March, I started getting nervous. I had made this huge goal – a race a month – and I had registered for a half marathon. I had never run more than a 5K before and only two of those. I was worried about a lot of things with that half marathon but the one thing that did not even cross my mind was how many other people were running with me. I knew I was taking the early start. It was, after all, my first half. I knew that the race was not bad compared to where I train. The race director’s sister is a friend of mine. My first 5K had about a thousand people running it so I was set for a half marathon that had a start at one time for walkers, an hour later for early start and a half hour after that for the regular half marathon.
Now, I set here getting ready to run my first really big race. The Mountain Goat in Syracuse in May was a big race. It had somewhere between 2,500 and 3,000 runners in the 10 mile race. I didn’t really think of the numbers at that race either. I met up with my cousin before hand and he was with a group of colleagues. I was put at ease by them. They were all younger than I am by about 15 years but they didn’t mind my hanging pre and post race with them.
This weekend, actually Sunday, July 11th – while my family is most likely arguing over how the Tour de France stage went, the first big Alps stage, and watching the World Cup Soccer Championship – I will be running the Boilermaker 15K. This race is huge. The information on the web site said they were cutting off entrants at 11,000. I have a friend who has run it before and I believe he told me that last year it took him between eight and ten minutes to reach the start line. So my nerves have started!!
I am cautiously watching extended forecasts. We are, of course, in the middle of our first big heatwave – record-breaking temps throughout the area – so last minute training is draining. I am checking the local newspaper’s web site for the city the race is in on a daily basis. I am also traveling so am thinking packing and what needs to be taken.
Just so you don’t think I only obsess over running, I am also, as I sit typing this, nine and a half hours away from my first official board meeting. Oh the nerves!!