Yesterday I did a little 2 mile shakeout run with Sienna. That’ll be the last of the running until the Santa Cruz Half Marathon on Sunday!! Super excited because the course is supposed to be beautiful.
My thoughts going into the race:
1. Why do I feel so nervous?
I’m doing this race for fun and to enjoy the course. No time goals. Why am I nervous? I guess all races make me jittery.
2. Remember to smile during those race photos.
I’m running this race to have fun since I feel under-trained (whether that’s true or not, I don’t know). Since my goal is to have fun, look like it! When I’m concentrating or zoned out, I tend to get what I call, “constipation face.” No, I am not trying to poop here:
Us runners rarely have that problem. So no constipation face Amy.
3. Remember to download music onto your phone.
My last 2 half marathons (out of 3) I have run without music. This isn’t a big deal to me. I typically train without music. I like to be prepared and want to make sure that if I cannot race with music, I won’t suffer. For example, my last half marathon was in the rain. Since electronics and water don’t mix, I opted to not use my phone.
This race I should be able to run with music. Sometimes this helps me, and sometimes I don’t even pay attention to the music. Never know what will happen.
But I got a new phone a little while ago and never put music on it. Must remember to do that. I know it sounds as simple as plugging my phone in, but my computer is a dinosaur and this is a long process. Plus I need to plug in my external hard drive (where I store my music) and that takes an additional 5 seconds…
Good luck to all those racing this weekend! I’m so excited to read your recaps. Probably my fave posts to read. Not my favorite to write. I’ve got that runners high mixed with minimal brain function and exhaustion.
Have you ever run the Santa Cruz Half?
Do you get pre-race jitters even if you are running for fun?
Are you good at remembering to smile/pose for those photos?