Self-Doubt Before Race Day | Rock N Roll Half Marathon Nashville

So, as I type this I should really be packing for my trip to Nashville, since we'll be out tonight.  My flight leaves at 6am tomorrow, so I have an early wake up call.  Anyhow, I'll get to it before I have  to get into mommy-driver duty! 

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I'm super excited to be running the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville this Sat. Not so much because I love country music, hilly courses, and humidity, but because I'll be running alongside my BFF since high school! This will be her first half marathon and I'm thrilled I was the one who motivated her to sign up.  I was asking if maybe she'd like to run the 5K, but she surprised me and said she'd join me in the half marathon! You can imaging my excitement!!! She's been training for about 12 weeks and I've been supporting her via text messages and phone calls. This got me thinking about my own first half marathon and how my cousin, who's an avid marathon runner, came to run alongside me for my first half marathon.  I remember how happy I was to have someone with all of her experience running with me and supporting me.  It really helped make my first half marathon experience such a good one! As excited as I am to now be the one paying it forward and being the "experienced" runner, I'm also nervous about my own performance.  Hills aren't my jam, I mean, let's be honest, they aren't anyones jam! I'm also not as fast or fit as I was a few years ago and it's messing with my head (see what I did there?).  I've put in the miles and ran hills in my training, but I'm afraid I'll be seen as a fraud.  Like, yea I call myself a runner, but then I'm huffing and puffing at mile 10.  I'm afraid I won't be the best support for her or worse yet, that she'll be the one supporting me! Won't that be embarrassing!?! 

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I'm working on keeping a positive mindset and trust that I won't fail.  I need to trust that it's going to be a fun experience, no matter the outcome.  I admit, this is hard to do.  It's hard to feel your best, when you know you could do better because you have done better.  Ok, I know I am overreacting to a hypothetical situation and it's silly, but it's the truth and I can't be anything but honest.  Have you ever felt this way before? Be it running or another aspect of your life, I bet you have. I can also say from experience that things aren't usually as bad as you think they're gonna be.  Am I right? So, I am leaving it all here on the blog.  I'm typing it out here but then I'm going to think of how happy I'll be seeing my best friend, who I haven't seen almost 5years.  I'm going to focus on how awesome it is that I'll be running my 14th half marathon in 2 days.  I'm excited to visit and explore a new city and eat some pretty good food too!! And, I'm gonna go pack...

Who's been to Nashville? Any recommendations on must-see or must-eats? I'll be back next week to let you know how it went and if you are struggling with feelings of self-doubt too, stay strong and know you aren't alone. XO 

 

Pretty Muddy Women's Mud Run | Giveaway

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Earlier this week I told you all about this fun women only 5K mud run and their cause.  You can read all about that HERE!  

Well, today I am here to let you know that the awesome folks over at Pretty Muddy are giving away a total of 4 entries to a mud run in the city of your choice!  

Pretty Muddy is a 5K adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends, and have fun!  The race isn't timed, it's all about having fun and trying something new!  And for all your hard work, they put on a pretty epic finish line party! Not only do they have the women's only mud run, but they also offer a family edition, where you can tackle the course with your loved ones and create some pretty muddy memories together!  

Here are the details of the giveaway: 

  • 2 standard race entries (up to a $69.50 value) - offered to two separate winners
  • 2 family edition entries (up to a $45 value) - offered to two separate winners

April 26, 2014 - Dallas, TX

May 03, 2014 - Sacramento, CA

August 16, 2014 - Chicago, IL 

September 20, 2014 - Richmond, VA 

We'll have 4 total winners and each winner can choose their location.  Standard and Family Edition entries will be given away at random, so be sure you can participate in either wave.  

Contest ends February 24, 2014 at 6pm PST!  Enter below and share with anyone you know who would love to participate :) 

If you just can't wait that long, go ahead and use the  Girls Gone Sporty $5 DISCOUNT Here's the code: GIRLSGONESPORTY to use at checkout