As I've mentioned before, I always get incredibly nervous the day before a race. My anxiety just shoots through the roof, even for smaller, shorter races. Well, this week I learned that the longer the race, the more nervous I become.
Tomorrow morning is the Soldier Field 10 Mile. This will be my longest race ever. This is the race that I've been training for this spring. I've made it through 12 weeks of training with tomorrow being the end result.
And guess what? I'm terrified!
I haven't been able to sleep for the last couple of days because I can't stop thinking about the race and everything that could go wrong. I know that I'm not going to sleep tonight, so I'm trying to calm myself by preparing for tomorrow morning - laying out my race clothes, planning my breakfast, reviewing my race plan (do I run with one of the pacers or try to run the race on my own), figuring out how to get to the race site (Soldier Field isn't the easiest place to get to on public transit, especially early morning on a Saturday), etc.
My goals for the race? Make it to the race site on time and finish the race within the time limit. That's it. I was initially planning on setting a specific time goal, but I think that doing so will only stress me out even more, so I'm keeping it simple. And if I reach my goals, then I plan to reward myself with a cheeseburger and beer after the race.
Wish me luck!