10 Things Before My Half Marathon

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'66/365 - Ottawa Half Marathon Finish Line' photo (c) 2010, Derek Hatfield - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

So I just got to my hotel Thursday night before the race on Saturday.  I like it a lot.  It only took me about three hours to get here.  One stop and no traffic.  So here are 10 things going through my mind before I start the race Saturday.

1.  I’m nervous.  There is no way else to say it.  I’m glad I have a night here by myself before my friends get here tomorrow.  Maybe I can get focused and get in a better mental state.

2.  Um, this hotel has Sleep Number beds.  I’m kind of excited. I like pushing buttons.

3.  I was talking to the lady at the front desk, and she said that a shuttle to the race leaves from here at my hotel.  I thought I was going to have to drive a few miles and then get on.  I’m pretty excited that I just have to go downstairs now!

4.  She also told me that about 150,000 people come into Nashville this weekend for the race.  So if only 40,000 of us are racing, that leaves a LOT of people watching.  A LOT.

5.  My goal was for it to take less time for me to run the race than it took for me to drive down here.  It took me just over three hours.  That’s going to be pushing it for the race, but my actual goal is 3 hours and 30 minutes.  I think that’s fairly realistic.

6.  The hotel has a hot tub that I’m planning on taking full advantage of after the race.  Thank you, Jesus.

7.  I’m hoping it doesn’t rain, but the temperature is supposed to be a high of 84 but cloudy.  Hopefully it won’t be that hot by the time I’m done.  According to my friend last night it’s still supposed to be 67 degrees at 9:00 a.m.  I think that sounds about perfect.

8.  I checked my race bag approximately 10 times before I left to make sure I had everything.  I still have everything, and I’ll still check it a couple more times tomorrow.  OCD?  Very possible.  I’ll just say nerves for now.  You don’t need to really know how weird I am.

9.  I bought a TENS Unit to help with muscle tightness.  I think this is something that everyone that works out should have.  Seriously.

10.  I need for you to pray for me.  I don’t just want you to.  I need you to.  It’s the only way I’m going to get to the finish line.  I think I’ll be able to make it through the first 7 or 8 miles without too much difficulty.  It will be the last few that will test me to the core.  Yes.  I know that I can physically do it.  But your prayers are going to be what makes the difference during those moments when I feel too tired to go on.

What are your thoughts on your weekend plans?

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  • Tara V.

    Good luck!! You will be great!

  • Dorothy

    you have my prayers sister….my cheers…my encouragement! You are incredible and I am so proud of you for pressing on!!

  • Connie

    I’ll be praying for you. You can do this, I know you can. I’m proud of you.

  • Debbie Legg

    Can’t wait to hear all you have to say about the race after you CONQUER IT! WARRIOR TOUGH! YOU CAN DO IT! Go Julie Go! 🙂 PRAYING!

  • Praying for you! You can totally do this. You are so dedicated. Way more than I am. Go Julie!

    Andrea