OK, that was an attention-grabbing headline.You really shouldn't be afraid, per se. But if you are nervous or excited or anxious or any of those other emotions before the start of your race (regardless of the distance) that is a very good thing. Let me explain why.
I have found that the
biggest part of being nervous about running event has to do with
actually being nervous. By that I mean, it is the nervous feeling
itself that is making the runners wig out, not the actual event itself. I
try to tell them that I have run 149 marathons and at the
starting line of every one, I have felt butterflies. Heck, if I go more
than two months without a marathon, I am a virtual wreck when I toe the
line (which has happened a lot the past few years as I try different
races and give my body a break.) Next month I will be taking on just my
third marathon this year. I am going to be an absolute mess.
you do need to do is be aware you have that nervous feeling for a
reason. For a first-timer, you have never run that far in your life.
For a seasoned veteran, you know what it takes to get to the finish line
and are aware it takes pain and sacrifice. For everyone in between,
there is the knowledge that this could be a day when you set a personal
best or it could be a day of horrific flopping. But until you start
running, you are unsure what, if any, of these things it will be.
embrace the nervousness. Know what it is and refuse to let it
take over your mind. Know it is there to keep you alert and on the edge. Hopefully it will remind you that you shouldn't done stupid things right
now like eating spicy Thai food you have never had before in your life 8
hours before you get up to run. Or you might be getting up for the
Imagining what can happen is part of the wonderfulness
of this sport.