Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock

Here it comes. The nervous energy is already beginning to build, and I'm 34 hours from gun time for the Boston Prep 16 Miler.

Granted I'm not technically prepping for the Boston Marathon, but I am preparing for a Boston qualifying time - and I'm anxious to run this race. I'm always a ball of nerves on race day. I start to lose my appetite around dinner time the night before. I force myself to eat something the morning of. By the time I step to the line I'm shaking, and not just from the cold. It's all very normal. I'm not trying to win a prize. I'm not trying to beat a competitor. I'm just trying to do my best.

I've been that way since I started running in the 7th grade. I'd get so worked up that I'd be ill the entire school day before a track or cross country meet. But it worked. That energy is just what I needed to reach performance levels I had difficulty attaining in training. It's the same today.

This race seems like it will be particularly interesting thanks to the "moderately challenging" billing, which includes a 2 mile ascent from miles 10-12. Just what you want to see at mile 10. A huge hill.

I never did mind hills though. I'm ready for you Derry! And I am looking forward to the run through Robert Frost's old stomping ground. Maybe I'll be inspired to do something great.

Full race report to follow.

P.S. I'm also volunteering at the MIT Coed Invitational tomorrow, Saturday, January 23. Should be an exciting event for track and field fans!