San Diego on My Mind

OK, let me rephrase that... I can't get San Diego *off* my mind.  This marathon has taken over my life. 

In just over 2 weeks, I'll get on an airplane to fly to San Diego for the Rock n Roll Marathon.  On Sunday, June 5th, I will run my second marathon.

I feel ridiculously prepared.  Confident.  But then some nasty thoughts crept in today... I felt really really prepared for my first marathon, and it all went wrong.  But I learned some lessons, right?  I definitely learned the nutrition lesson.  The other lesson... well, I'm not going to dwell on it, because I'm throwing it out the window.  My priorities have changed.  I don't just want this:

I want the runner's high.  Not just the "I did it!"  But the "I gave it everything."  I know that puts me at risk for failure... but to be honest, I've spent a lot of hours thinking about it, and I don't care.  I'm not afraid of failing.  I truly want to go out there and put it all on the line.  Everyone who has raced with me knows that come race day, I have an uncontrollable urge to "race", not just run.  And I'm not racing anyone but myself... challenging my own capabilities.  And sometimes I fail at it, and other times I shine at it.  But I absolutely love knowing I had nothing left to give.  Come race day on June 5th, I will have three thoughts in my head...

1.  "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." -Prefontaine
2.  "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S.Eliot
3.  "You've. Freakin. Got. This."  -EMZ

With all that said... I need some advice... while I travelled for the Princess Half, I had about a week to acclimate... it was also a half, which is a very different beast to me than a full.  I'm worried about things like the time change.  Being stuck with restaurant food that isn't my "norm" right before a big race.  Things like that.  I fly in on Friday for the Sunday race.  Any advice you have, please leave a comment!!!

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