Pre-Race Jitters

Can you believe it’s just 12 days away until the Miami Marathon? It’s crazy, it’s been 6 months of intense training. I thought it was going to be 4. Life definitely likes to throw you curveballs.

But then it hits. It’s like all of a sudden the time is here. Now basically it’s time to rest and let my body prepare for race day. That means fewer miles, more recovery, and more sleep. It’s this weird limbo time. You’re not to your big hurrah, but you’re also not in complete rest mode or in full training. All of a sudden you have this extra time on your hands, but you just can’t quite relax.

We call this period-Pre Race Jitters.

It’s real friends. All of a sudden I’m running 73 miles (52 next week) instead of 100! What!?! Ah and I’m getting pumped for this race, but also a little terrified. I’m really going for it. I’m really trying to qualify for the Olympic Trials and podium in my first MAJOR marathon. The last week or so it’s hit. This is no small goal. Ah! I’m so excited though. There is this reality that I have worked my butt off. I have put in the miles. The training. The sleep. All the FOOD. The messages. And all the other hours of work it takes to make it happen. I can’t believe it. A year ago if you told me I’d be running my tempos at a 6:10 pace, I would have laughed. I would have said, that is gonna take some more years. But friends I’ve done it. I’ve run faster than ever and my body is strong and capable.

You know I don’t know what race day will turn out to be. But I know no matter what, I’ve done the best I can.

This season has taught me a lot. It’s not always easy. It’s full of ups and downs. You can’t let one day define you. There is no one workout that will make you, but there is one workout that can break you. I’ve also learned life takes a lot of grit. There will be naysayers. There will be doubts. There will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. If you want something, you better fight for it, because no one wants it more than you.

But friends, it’s taught me so much about BELIEVING in YOURSELF. Life is hard. But there is always hope.

There will be a lot of people who believe in you, but you are the one who has to truly believe. You have to believe in the unseen, the what’s to come, you have to believe in YOU! If you want it to happen you have to believe you can. Yes, it takes hard work, but a whole lot of faith. We must not let fear and doubts and bad days defeat or define us. We must stand tall. We are more than anything we do. We are loved unconditionally by the ONE-Jesus Christ. There will always be hope.

So when things get intense, let’s build hope. Let’s not give up. Be confident. Be YOU.

Yup, jitters will come. That’s a normal and good thing. Instead of letting them overwhelm you, embrace them and remember: You Got This!

Jo ButlerComment