In a week’s time, I will be going to Disneyland for the first time to participate in the Tinker Bell Half Marathon. It’s going to be my second half-marathon, almost exactly a year since my first one. And I’m having a really hard time getting excited about it.
I am in way better shape than I was this time last year. I’m not even worried about whether I can run 13+ miles. So what’s on my mind? Well, this race marks the first of 4 races in less than 3 months — and none of those races are easy.
In February, I’m running at Disney World (in Florida). I’m doing what Disney calls the Glass Slipper Challenge — on Saturday, I’ll run a 10k. Then, on Sunday, I’ll run a half marathon.
Then, April 5 I’m running a Super Spartan Race in Las Vegas. That’s 8+ miles and 20+ obstacles. And probably a ton of burpees.
So, as I’m a week from the Tinker Bell, I’m looking for some pixie dust to get me through. And I think that’s partly why I’m feeling down. I know I’m physically capable of completing the Tinker Bell, and because I know that I’m struggling to focus on preparing for next week. My mind keeps fast-forwarding to the next few weeks — running practice Glass Slippers — and worrying about how I can’t even do a pull-up unassisted right now and need to be able to climb ropes and swing on monkey bars in about 2 months.
I know I should put all that aside for the next week, rest my body and keep limber, hydrate and fuel myself. Or at least enjoy the idea that I’m finally going to Disneyland. But for some reason, my mind is wrapped around the future, not the present. I’m focusing on what I’m scared I can’t do, not what I know I can.
If you have any advice for snapping myself back to the present, or if you have some extra pixie dust you can spare, please help!