Despite my best efforts, I am not quite what you would call a zen person.
Iâ€™d like to think I exude some calmness on the outside, but on the inside, Iâ€™m pretty high-strung.Â
Yet, in my years of running, Iâ€™ve become pretty zen about races.Â
I think a big part of that comes from routine after running some 70 races and 20-something halfs.
Carb up, go to sleep early, wake up early, use the bathroom 17000 times, cab to the race, take a pre-race picâ€¦and go!
There are six other ladies at work running this race (YAY FITNESS COMPANY), and for the past few days, thereâ€™s been lots of buzz around the race. What to wear, when to get there, etc. I LOVE IT.Â
And at the same time, I am so relieved to not be freaking out about those details. Yes, the weather forecast is shit, but I didnâ€™t really look until last night despite having heard about it all week.
Thereâ€™s nothing I can do.
All I can do is get lots of sleep tonight, charge up my GarminÂ and hope for the best.
Even if it rains, Iâ€™m ready.
The only pre-race anxiety is whether I can reach my goal or not.
But thereâ€™s only one way to find out!Â
See you on the other side!
(Also, how can I apply this zen to the rest of my life?!)