They say a week is a long time in politics, but how long is 7 days if you are waiting to compete in the world’s greatest marathon? How nervous should you be before a running event? Remember this isn’t your “get up, pin your number on your vest, collect a few bits and pieces, hop in the car and park up at the venue about 45 minutes before the start” job. No, this is in a whole different league of logistics; we have a train to catch and then provided it’s on time, 5 hours to collect my number from the Expo (at a place called ExCel which I’ve never been to before on Saturday, a day they say to avoid) and then the following morning, taking the tube then a train together with 40,000 other runners to get to the start venue by 10 AM! Furtunately I have done marathons before so at least when I cross the start line I kind of THINK I know what I am doing!
The thing to do in the next 7 days is to try and NOT run very much because If I’m not trained up now, then it’s far far too late and all I can do now is mess things up.
I have done enough public speaking in my time to know that it’s a good idea to be a little bit nervous because it sharpens your senses and makes you concentrate on what you are doing. You don’t want to be too nervous of course because then you just go to pieces and become a blithering idiot!
So it’s all about not panicking or worrying, being organised and striking the right balance and all being well this time next week I’ll be able to blog about how it all went.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIVUK