Saturday, February 5, 2011
The day before my first Half Marathon****
Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! Yikes, yikes, yikes. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
That's what is going on in my head right now. I am so nervous, and anxious and excited, and scared!
20,000 runners. Plus spectators. This race is going to be..
A M A Z I N G. I'm so glad I get to be a part of it. I printed a course map, and highlighted all the restrooms. Yes, I am that lame. I've had two babies and my bladder is not so good at holding it. But with 20,000 runners....um, how will I get a chance to pee? These are things that worry me.
I just had two pieces of white toast with butter and cinnamon. All day I will be drinking a lot of water and eating white carbohydrates. I think I have a mild case of IBS and with added anxiety from pre-race jitters, not good for the tummy. I read eating white carbohydrates that have less fiber are easier on the stomach before a race. Also no dairy or caffeine. Oops, how did that hot cup of coffee get on my desk? Oh c'mon. I am a Mom of two crazy boys that woke me up at 7:00am this morning. must. have. coffee.
You know what's stressing me out the most? That I can't find my chapstick, and I don't think we have any sunblock. Oh and the fact that our plans changed last minuet because the husband had to go to Fresno for a tractor class for work from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The Expo closes at 5:00 pm so I am unable to pick up my packet for the race. Again, silly race doesn't allow packet pick up on race day. I was going to have to drive 2.5 hours yesterday with the boys to get my packet, than 2.5 hours back.
Well thank God for Twitter. I've "met" several people doing the race on there. One lady named Sheila [who totally rocks all her races and places in age group, she's training for Half Ironman 70.3 Oceanside which is in April], and I have been friends on Twitter for a while. I asked her if she could pick up my packet for me. She said yes. I had to go to a friends early yesterday morning, use their scanner to print and scan the signed waiver, my ID and permission letter for her to get it. Whew. Thank God she got it for me. But I am anxious to have it in my hand. I have to meet her at 6:00 am race morning at her running club tent to get it from her.
I've got my outfit all picked out [shirt is the race shirt, Sheila got me a Large, hoping it is true to size]. I've got all my nutrition: Shot Bloks, Gatorade fuel, Gatorade recovery, power bar, gu, and sport beans. I finished my playlist. I downloaded several Christian ladies podcasts to entertain me as well.
Davey should be home at 3:00 pm which puts us at Disneyland at 5:oo pm. At least we get about 4 hours there tonight. But I need to eat plain pasta and rice for dinner then head to bed around 10:00 pm to get good rest.
Of course I still have much to do before we go, such as pack and prepare food! I'll be thinking of you all during my race. See you at the finish line!
Love, The Curvy Housewife