Some days are hard. And I don’t mean just running. You know those days when you wake up and by the time you’ve brushed your teeth you feel the stress of the day crashing over you already? Sometimes it manifests as a tough day at work. A lot of times it leaks over into my run. And those really bad days? I’m still feeling off when I’m spending time with my family in the evening.
Sunday morning I woke up at 4:30 am, getting only about 5 hrs of sleep. Race nerves & loud hotel neighbors kept me up, but I banked extra hours the week leading up to this so I wasn’t too worried. We arrived on campus around 5:50 am. Matt dropped me off and I walked toward the starting area. So far, everything was going smoothly! After a few bathroom stops, light stretching, and meeting up with Alisa (@alisakasprzak) I finally headed into the starting corral with just a few minutes to spare. At this point, all of the nerves from earlier in the week had started to subside. I felt fairly calm, and mostly just anxious to start this thing already.