So my first race of the year is today. I am doing a half mary and Jason is doing a 15K. This is not something new for me – I run long runs every weekend rain or shine, and I have ran in several races. Without fail – I get pre-race jitters. What will I wear? Will it be hot/humid? Will I have to use the potty during race? Will I fall on my face (Which HAS happened before at the end of a race).



Euphoria Will Be There Instead Of Jitters At The Finish Line

This will not be a race, but just a training run… you’ve heard that before right?  Well this is my plan as I have been dealing with pain in my leg for the last few weeks since Vegas. Once I get into the crowd, will I be able to keep this same thought process, or try to catch that person in front of me? Am I going to be hurting?  What about those despised hills? Will I be able to finish prior to cut-off?


My nervousness about ALL of the above and more makes me nuts about not wanting to run these races, and last year I decided I was not going to sign up for ANY races any more and just run when I wanted to. I could do my weekly long run anywhere and run with my friend. I could stop when needed, we could talk and laugh and there would be no pressure and..I signed up for 4 more races.

Ok I guess I seem a bit off (Jason – insert comment here) but here are my reasons to keep racing:

  1. After finishing a race and feeling good – I want to race again- better.
  2. Motivation – would I really run these distances weekly just because?
  3. Challenge – keeping up with others on FB/twitter and NOT racing. I think not!
  4. $35 for this half – DUH.
  5. Crossing the finish line. Enough said.

So I guess I will deal with these jitters tonite and then the nervous pre-race peeing every 5 seconds prior to gun start in the morning, and just go run, have fun and finish and hopefully by the time you are reading this, I will be devouring pumpkin pancakes (great post-race meal!) and jitters will be gone.. at least for a few weeks..


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  1. Go Karen!!!!! Have a great, awesome run.. All those jitters will be gone when you get moving! :)
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  2. Mike Ransick says:

    I get the pre-race jitters big time for days leading up to a race. I hate it and wonder why I even race. Then during the race, I’m hurting and wonder why people do this to themselves. Then I cross the line with a big smile and within a couple days sign up for another race or two and the process repeats. Good luck!

  3. Karen says:

    Hope you had a great race! Enjoy those pumpkin pancakes :)
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  4. Marlene says:

    There is just something about the finish line that keeps us coming back! I hope the race went well for both of you.
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  5. I always get those pre-race gitters too! I hope you had a great race!!!
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  6. XLMIC says:

    I am a basket case for the week prior to a race…even if the race is inconsequential…which they all are at this point in my life :)
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