It's marathon week, and I'm kind of out of control. A lot of people have said to me: "You must not be as nervous this time since this is your second marathon, right?" Well, could someone please tell my adrenal glands that I've done this before? They seem to have forgotten.
I'm nervous, yes. I'm not nervous because I don't think I can do it, I'm nervous because when you work so hard at something for so long, and spend so much mental energy on it, you want it to go well. You are especially vulnerable to let down or heart break if things don't go as you want them to. Everything is kind of riding on one day. So, yes. Nervous.
Here is what I can do. I can sleep well, stretch, and rest. I can listen to all my favorite running songs in the car and bounce around in my seat with excitement. I can wear my Nike Women's Marathon finishers necklace as I have since May 1st. I have everything that I'm wearing on race day already laid out on my dresser. I can drink at least 72 ounces of water a day (my water bottle x3).
I'm eating as clean as can be, no empty calories. Everything I ingest has to work hard for my body. I'm popping vitamins and probiotics and immunity boosting everythings. I've been using this Green SuperFood powder for a while, but making sure to get it daily now.
Here is what the label says: Amazing Grass Green SuperFood is a perfect blend of alkalizing greens, antioxidant rich whole food fruits and vegetables, immune boosting support herbs, and friendly pre & probiotics.
1 scoop in almond milk is really tasty and offers up several servings of greens.
I can drink green juice.
I can drink carrot/orange/ ginger juice.
At first I didn't like it because it has a slight vinegary taste. But I got used to it, and now I kind of crave it. I like the Gingerade flavor best. It's really bubbly and it makes me a little buzzed because of the fermentation. The label says it will restore balance and vitality, so I drink it right up.
Then there are the old stand-by friends.
If it says: "Immunity Boosting," I'll take 3.
And most of all, I can visualize myself having the race that I know I can have, and think positively.
"Now bid me run, And I will strive with things impossible, Yea, get the better of them."
-Shakespeare from Julius Ceaser