For those not in the know, Sunshine is running a half-marathon this weekend in Prince Edward Island. We’re packing up and heading out first thing tomorrow morning and it should be quite the experience.
Sunshine’s pretty nervous/excited/scared about the whole thing, though. What she’s feeling…I can’t grasp so it’s been difficult over the past couple of weeks to be supportive in the way that I have wanted to be.
She ran a full marathon a few years ago (before we met) and runs multiple times each week…so I’m not sure why she’s so anxious about this particular one. From what I can gather (and I’ve talked to some other people about it, too), the stress seems to be a runner’s “thing”. Sunshine is REALLY wanting to beat her time from a few years ago but is totally wigged out about not being able to do it…even though she’s in much better physical condition today than she was then.
I feel a little odd…not really sure what I should be doing. So I’m going to do whatever I can to support her this weekend.
I’m going to tell her that, realistically, the time of the race SHOULDN’T matter because 99% of the population can’t even run a marathon to begin with. I’m going to tell her that she’s already run a half-marathon during her training over the summer…FOR FUN…and that her body won’t let her down this weekend. I’m going to do the best I can to follow her and meet her at various check points so I can root her on. I’m going to be there waiting for her with a camera and a big-ass smile once she crosses that finish line.
I’m just going to be there for her the only way I know how. I’m just hoping it’s enough because she deserves all the support in the world.
Good luck, Sunshine…though you’re TOTALLY not going to need it.