Saturday, May 5, 2012


Race day is tomorrow. What can I say - I'm psyched. I'm nervous. I'm thrilled. I'm in utter disbelief.

I'm trying to think of it as just any other long Sunday run. It will seem less daunting that way and enable good rest. But who am I kidding? It isn't just any other long Sunday run. It's a big, gigantic race, a distance I've never run in my life, and a big party with 15,000 athletes - 5,000 of which are running the same distance as I.

I look forward to writing my post-race recap here. I hope and pray it's one filled with joy as I describe a big success. Of course I fully expect it to be that way. It simply comes down to how I define success for tomorrow.

Over the past week or so, I've been asked on several occasions what finish time I'm expecting to achieve. Of course I know what I should be capable of, and what finish time I really hope for. And I had to estimate a time so those who plan to catch me at the finisher's area know approximately when to expect me. But really, I'm just looking to finish the race. Just crossing the finish line with a smile on my face is a big success in my mind. Simply crossing the finish will put me in the group of the 0.1% of the world's population who has finished a marathon race. And then I'll know what I'm capable of, and be able to set finish time goals for my next marathon (FYI, I'm thinking it'll be Victoria in the earliest). But of course, if I finish within a good time too, I'll take it! I've worked hard enough to get there, so I shouldn't underestimate my ability to get there. I just don't want to set myself for any kind of disappointment.

So by this time tomorrow, I should be making my way around UBC or so, and have over half the course to still run. But that doesn't scare me. I've run the course, I know what to expect, and I'm strong.

Thank you to all for your support and encouragement!

love Zahida

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