The Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 8k is THIS Saturday! It’s that time of the week when I start getting butterflies.
I wasn’t sure what to expect my first race. It was that mix of excitement and fear of the unknown. Now that I know how to properly install a timing chip on my shoe, wear a race bib, and know the correct protocol for stopping at a water station on the course, I feel a bit more at ease.
But this race is a whole different beast.
First of all, it’s an 8k. I ran 5 miles on Sunday, so I know I can complete the distance. I was feeling pretty good about it. That is until I reviewed the course map yesterday.
I looked at the map when I first registered back in May. At that point in time the race was too far out and I had no worries. My ego was like “Yeah, I got this! No problem. Pfft, piece of cake!” I think I was still on a high from my 5k success.
Now the panic is setting in.
Before, the difference between 3 miles and almost 5 miles didn’t seem like that far of a jump.
Now, it’s a HUGE leap.
I’m trying to construct a plan of attack. I think I just need to remember to take the course mile by mile. I have to focus on one step at a time as I’m out there sweating buckets and trying to catch my breath. Thinking about the entire course is only going to be a useless mind game. There should be a ton of crowd support (it’s one of the most popular races of the year in the DC area), so that should help some.
I probably should also stop looking at the map over and over. I’m only siking myself out more. Like when I think that watching a roller coaster over and over again will help convince me to ride. Ha, wrong!
My other big worry was the heat and humidity. Maryland Julys are like living in a swamp. Someone actually died a few years ago running this race, so I told myself (reluctantly) that if it was going to be sweltering hot that I might have to postpone this race for another year or choose a different one.
I did a huge jump for joy when I saw this:
High: 83 degrees
Low: 67 degrees
I won the weather lottery!
Also, a ton of questions are popping in my head that I probably should have thought about weeks ago. Do I need to bring my own water bottle? What should I eat the day of since it’s a night race? Do I need fuel for five miles? Geez, there should be a manual on this kind of stuff!
Okay, time out.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Wow, I needed that.
I think I’m just a little bit scared because I’m doing this by myself. It’s always easier when you have a buddy there with you to encourage you and ease your fears.
On the other hand, I’ve never been a huge risk taker, so going out of my comfort zone will only help me in the end.
Now I just have to remind myself of that for the next four days.
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