I have a bad, longtime habit of overbooking myself -- particularly when I'm facing something stressful.
It's happened again with the marathon. First off, not matter how much I try to psyche myself out with thinking about what I call "the banality of the marathon" (lots of people can and do "run" them now; it's not as overwhelming as I might've supposed) -- I'm feeling a little bit of intimidation.
It's not unlike two other bigger things I did: Get married and Have my first child.
I was completely ready for both of those things. At the same time, I was still more than a little bit nervous. So, what did I do? I overbooked myself. The morning I got married I was finishing up the ceremony programs, making copies, getting our pictures taken. The day I gave birth to my son, I worked 12 hours at the office and came home and made about six meals, so I knew I wouldn't have to cook again for a while. I get myself too busy in order not to think about what's coming.
To a certain extent, I've done the same thing with the marathon, although it was not at all intentional. Too many kid things effectively overbooked me -- I didn't need to do it to myself. I even ended up canceling a bunch of them. And I canceled even more things that were purely Mine.
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