Now, I just have an awful pit in the bottom of my stomach. Have I been over training? What if something happens during the race (dehydration, cramping....)???? What if I just totally psych myself out and bomb the whole race? What if I go out to fast??? UGH. I hate having all of this feelings right now. My worst fear out of everything above is over training.
As I was having all of these overwhelming feelings yesterday I left work to go and do my interval workout. I put on my Garmin as I was leaving work. I got downtown and parked at the club. The day was beautiful so I was looking forward to at least getting my warm up down outside before it got too dark. I looked down at my watch and it was just flashing "Garmin". WTF? I turned it off and turned it back on- it was still doing the same thing. Obviously something was wrong with my watch. GREAT. Just great. 30 days before my marathon my Garmin breaks that I purchased from REI at the end of July. Are you kidding me?! My first Garmin lasted almost 3 years...this one lasted less than 4 months? I was really hoping that this was not a bad sign.
I did my workout and then went home to plug my Garmin into the computer. It still was doing the same thing. UGH. At this point I told my husband what was going on and he told me to just take back down to REI. I pondered a bit and then decided to see if they would let me return it. Off to REI I went.
REI has the best customer service- ever. I told them what was going on with my watch, they looked up my purchase and then asked if I wanted to exchange it or get my money back. Of course I wanted to exchange it. I told the sales associate that I was thinking about "upgrading" from my 210 and purchasing the 610. The 610 is the newest Garmin Forerunner and it is a beauty! It costs a lot more than the 210 so I figured that it could be my birthday present to myself.
I really think that she needs a name- any suggestions?????
What I am most excited about the 610 is that it will allow me to upload workouts that I have created in the Garmin Connect community to my watch. I thought that my 210 would have that capable, but unfortunately it didn't. It looks something like this:
As I was standing in line to purchase my new 610, a guy behind me asked how Boston was (I was wearing my 2010 finisher's jacket). I said that it wasn't my best race, but that it was probably my favorite. He said that Boston will always be his favorite race. I told him that I hoped to qualify again at CIM in a couple of weeks. He then proceeded to tell me that he has ran CIM several times and his WORST race ever was there. WTF dude? You are seriously going to tell me something like that???? Could he not see the anxiety in my eyes????? At that point there was a register open so thankfully I didn't have to keep talking to him.
So 30 days before CIM, I have really bad race anxiety, my Garmin broke, AND some dude at REI tells me that CIM was his worst race ever.....
How do you overcome race anxiety????
Does anyone else experience these same thoughts prior to a big race????
Has anyone else over trained for a race before????