Thursday, May 5, 2011

Worrier King

I am a worrier. It’s not that I enjoy worrying, I just worry. I am always sure that something will go wrong. I worry equally about things that are in or out of my control. With my next marathon only 10 days away, I am top form.

You would think that as a worrier, I would pick a conservative training plan with tried and true methods. Instead, after reading about a different approach in Runners World, I decided to use a different plan. Even the writer of the article said he was nervous when he saw that his longest run pre-marathon would be only 16 miles. There is comfort, he acknowledged, in doing long runs or 20 miles or more. Of course, for him, everything worked out well. He set a PR which had stood for 10 years. As for me, while I am sure I will beat my time from 10 years ago (every time I walk a block in less than a half hour I do that), and am cautiously optimistic that I will PR (I PRed this course last year with less training), I am VERY scared that I will not hit my goal time. Throw in my fear that the weather will not cooperate, and of course, I am a mess. On the positive side, I will not be in mourning for a parent during the week before the race, as I was last year.

Wish me luck!


  1. I just reread that article from Runner's World. Good luck. I'm sure you'll do great. Even with that program you are presumably in a Taper mode now. Chalk up your worrying to the Taper. I always get antsy (in so many ways) when Tapering.

  2. A friend recently changed his training schedule before his last marathon. I think it might have been ths same style. he was nervous to begin with, due to the change and being unsure if it would work. In the end he was very happy with the results.

    Good luck!

  3. Good luck with your race. We ALL worry during taper