OK, this is not really a ritual, it’s just something that I and a majority of runners go through during the final days leading up to a big race. The Marathon Experience takes you through so many emotions and feelings. One of those is ANTICIPATION which reminds me of the classic Heinz Ketchup commercial.
You’ve trained hard for the race. You might’ve had some set backs due to injury, schedule, or energy, but you’ve overcome that. This might be a first race of this distance or you might be shooting for a PR or the ever popular BQ. All of these runner challenges will definitely bring you into an overwhelming state of Anticipation! The key is to handle the anticipation in a positive manner.
I like to think of anticipation as a time of bottled up excitement. Instead of dwelling on the negative… did I train well enough, hard enough, eat correctly? I’m channeling that energy to the positives… I cannot wait to see How Strong that I am!
Yep, I cannot wait to run the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon! I’m full of positive anticipation!