I'm nervous, but trying to find the calm that comes with knowing that I've put in the work to be successful. Running a race is really no different than taking an exam or giving a presentation at work - if you've adequately prepared, you'll be good to go. And prepare I have - for the past 12 weeks on the roads in Providence, for the past 6 years when this Olympic Trials dream first took hold, for the past 20 years since I fell in love with running. More miles than I can count, and so many joyful memories! I'll be holding those close tomorrow and drawing strength from the countless experiences that have led up to now.
|photo credit PAUL KITAGAKI JR./SACRAMENTO BEE|
See you on the other side...
PS - I had the great pleasure of talking with the Sacramento Bee ahead of the race - you can read here about how my marathon debut has been a homecoming and family affair: http://www.sacbee.com/sports/article4305119.html#/tabPane=tabs-14eb96af-1