Heeeey everyone! It’s another Fabulous Friday! What makes it so fabulous?
1. The weather (yep, told you this would be on here every week). Seriously though, it’s fabulous right now. Andrew and I are going to a free movie (technically it’s a drive in but pedestrians get in for free) at Eakins Oval tonight in Philly to watch King Kong vs. Godzilla and to eat yummy food truck food. We might not even need a blanket because it’s so nice out!
2. Because this exists. Yep, the genius people at Trader Joe’s decided that their amazing cookie butter wasn’t good enough on its own, and mixed it with chocolate. I will never be the same after trying this.
3. I got asked to be a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding! She was my very best friend in high school, and we’ve stayed good friends throughout college, grad school, and real life. She was my Maid of Honor at my wedding in June, and I can’t wait to help her walk down the aisle next October!
Now on to the not-so-fabulousness of my Friday: this giant looming dread of dying in tomorrow’s Runner’s World 10k. I don’t want to complain and whine all night on here, but not only do I feel that I’m not prepared for this thing, I also feel kind of injured. How did that happen? Well last night was my last run before the race, and I wanted it to be a good one. I figured that if I ran a good strong sub-30:00 three mile run I would feel more confident going into the race. And I felt good yesterday, and it wasn’t even too hot out. So I went out strong in the first mile…which somehow led to some extreme side stitches right around mile 1. I had to stop and walk/stretch at least 3 times while running. It was absolutely horrible during the downhill sections. At mile 2 I actually stopped for a few minutes and walked because it was that painful. So there I was, walking in the rain with a horrible side stitch and some pain in my right leg, feeling like a failure. But then it started raining harder, and I had no choice but to run as fast as I could through the pain back to my car. I stopped my watch each time I had to stop and walk, so the running portion actually only took me 30:32 to do. So I left feeling much better about my ability to push through pain, and figured that would mentally help me in the 10k. But now my shins hurt and I’m scared that running tomorrow is going to cause a bigger injury. I’m a mess. Thanks to all of your nice words of encouragement on Wednesday, I decided to go ahead with running the 10k and not worry about the what-ifs of running it. But now I’m more nervous than ever! And the worst part is that there are lots of hills in Bethlehem, and there will be a huge crowd (it will be the largest race I’ve ever done), and olympic athletes and all the big people in running will be there running it with me. So I’m really scared and feel overwhelmed. Sorry for the long vent, but I’m hoping all you other unprepared runners will be able to understand me. I’m going to be super nervous until the race is over and I’m wearing that finisher’s medal and drinking beer at the post-race party. But that’s the life of a newbie runner, right?
Who else is running a race this weekend? Are you nervous yet? And if you feel extra awesome give me some advice on how to get through this race tomorrow! I need a race mantra!