It’s hard enough to manage the nerves and tension during tapering but now I am also dealing with the fact that everyone in my house is sick and I feel like I am just one snotty tissue from going down in flames.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the weather. Predicted weather for race day on Sunday? Warm with a 100% chance of thunderstorms before 2pm. Considering my race starts at 9am, it seems highly likely that I will get wet. And it’s not even the getting wet part that I’m most worried about. It’s getting pulled off of the course to wait until a thunderstorm passes – losing momentum and getting chilled as the minutes tick by.
I have been training for this race for 23 weeks (it was an 18 week plan that I had to restart when my planned marathon date had to change. So I’m really nervous about throwing all of that training away on a race in which I am potentially sick and dodging lightning bolts.
At the moment, I haven’t given up completely. I am drinking Emergen-C like it’s my job, washing my hands like a crazy woman, and hoping the weather gods show a little mercy on this mortal come Sunday.
But I do also have a backup plan. So if the %$& really hits the fan, I may just got with plan B…