Since my first marathon is a little more than a week away I figured I would post this morning about a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately – Emotional Running.
I am currently in taper mode and mentally trying to psych myself up for my fast approaching 26.2 mile run. Every day it becomes more and more real that I will step over the start line in Chicago and attempt to run a marathon, my first marathon.
That scares me and excites me in so many ways at the same time!
Running a marathon has always been something I have wanted to do. I had been a goal of mine, a bucket list item for me, but there was no real timeline for when it would happen. I always thought it would be cool to say I ran a marathon – To call myself a marathoner, but the reality of signing up for all the training held me back.
It’s a scary thought and a big commitment.
But now, here we are with race day right around the corner. I have put in the long run work – I ran my first few steps past half marathon distance and reached 14 miles in July. Then I hit 16 miles in Chicago on Lake Michigan with some awesome blogger buddies, followed by 18 miles in Philadelphia with some friends.
All that seems so long ago now.
It has been a crazy summer and just looking back at all the miles I have run and the time and effort I have put into it gets me very emotional about running Chicago. I am proud of myself for what I have been working towards and am excited about what’s to come. Maybe it just all this running or the taper madness is making me crazy but I think about myself running the marathon and it gets me all teary eyed and I get a bit weepy.
Maybe its my nerves!? Maybe I am just a wierdo?!
I am very blessed because I am going to be travelling to Chicago with an awesome support system. Fiancé is coming with me as are both my parents, my brother and fiancé’s parents. Everyone is coming to cheer me on and watch me cross that finish line. Having my family with me for this special time means a lot to me.
Even typing that gets me all teary eyed!
Anyone else have this issue for their first marathon?
Does anyone out there in the blog world have any words of wisdom for emotional running? Anyone else get emotional from while training for a big race?