To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
Make it simple, but significant.
- Don Draper

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hello Nerves!

Nerves..... haven't welcomed them to my tummy in quite a while. I'd say really they've been gone since I finished the Eugene Half Marathon.  Since then I've been injured with IT Band troubles, or just out of it with Meniere's issues. But now I am healthy, feeling great, completely unprepared and ready to race!

Tomorrow is race day ..... the Prefontaine Memorial 10K. Remember I have a little obsession with him? Tonight I leave as soon as I can after work to head to Pre's home town. My plan is to check into my cheap room at Motel 6, grab some dinner, then get in bed to watch Without Limits and some Hood to Coast, until I fall asleep.

The race isn't until 10am, which is soooo late compared to the last few! I mean for Disney we were supposed to be there by 4:30am. Heck, I'll still be happily sleeping when that time gets here! I'm not too worried about eating before this race, since it is later - perhaps I can convince my mind that I CAN eat food in the morning?

I get to meet up with Small Town Runner. She's going to kill it tomorrow, I just know it! My plan is to start closer to the front since it isn't chip timed (my Garmin and the official clock were off by 30 seconds last year because of this). And my other goal is to not stop moving. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.... as Dory would say in Finding Nemo.  If I could pull off an 11 minute mile average then I could PR. I'm not terribly worried because I am not racing this to PR. I'm just racing this for Pre and for the challenge of  surviving the craziest course ever. Here's a shot of the elevation chart from last year:

If you know of my aversion to UPhills, then you would understand why I choose do this all in Pre's memory and not for time! .... I do love me some downhills though. Oh yes I do! Pre's sister sent me off to this race with some good advice, so hopefully I will listen to and actually DO what she said and come out a success!

So anyway, my tummy is filled with so many butterflies, I just might take off like a helium balloon. I guess nerves are good. I usually race well when extra nervous. Still not sure why I am so nervous. That's it for me for today. (That might be a lie. The more nervous or excited I get, the more I seem to talk, so I could have 12 more posts before this night is over!)


  1. Hey girly! Its been too long since I've read your blog, but I'm back!!! 10 am is a LATE race time, I agree!!! You'll do GREAT. Can't wait to read the recap!!! :)

  2. Do your best and just have fun.

  3. Good luck, have fun, and fly down those downhills!

  4. Good luck and have fun!! I use just keep swimming as my mantra for so many things. Can't wait to hear about the race!

  5. Good luck girl....Have a blast, can't wait to see your pictures!


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