Last night I had nightmares about this marathon Im planning to do in October.
As I was trying to fall asleep I kept thinking about this event course and how it weaves all over San Francisco for 26 miles. I could feel my heart pounding as I visualized myself struggling to reach each of the major points along this course. What if I got scooped up by one of those SAG busses at the 24 mile mark? I would feel so embarrassed , so depressed if I was unable to finish the course on time. I kept thinking back on past 1/2 marathons that I’ve done and how awful I felt after just 13 miles. In particular ,I kept flashing back to my first 1/2 marathon, last July.
I think it was around mile 10 mark or should I say…..My mile 10 mile mark. Anyway, I remember starting to feel really fatigued but, I was also feeling a little cocky because I had made it that far and had been passing up a lot of people. It was then that I caught up with a group of very tired looking TNT walkers. We exchanged a couple of nods when one of them noticed that I was wearing a Garmin GPS Pedometer. She asked me if I thought we had enough time to reach the finish line before it closed. I replied, don’t worry! “With 10 miles down and only 3 to go, we have time to spare.” She said, “10…You mean 23 don’t you?” It was then that I realized that this group was doing the FULL marathon, not the 1/2. I thought to myself, these people have been going at this for more than 6 hours compared to my measly 2 1/2 hours.
This morning I awoke feeling more determined than ever to do a 26.2 miler. Maybe I should take the easy way out and find an event that caters to walkers. One that has an 8 hour time limit instead of a 6.5 hour limit. Nahhhh….