Losing the Fear…3 more days!

Jad, Brett, Alanna, JT, myself, DK, and T-Low after running the last 12 miles of the PF Chang's course last Sunday

So, I haven’t been talking about it much, (unlike Chicago) but I am running PF Chang’s Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon on Sunday.  I have been trying to stay relaxed in this cycle and I just want to go out and have fun and not hype it up.  I have put in another great injury-free training cycle, I have been practicing visulaization every day to get me mentally ready for the task at hand, and I just feel good. I know that I can run a sub-2:46, I just need to check in on race day, focus, and just get the job done.

I am going to go out there and do my best. A PR would be fantastic, an OTQ would be even better, but I know that everything will need to come together for that to happen- including my stomach. For my part, I am going to start at 6:15’s and just lock in. I  I have my nutrition figured out, but really it is  a day- by- day thing for me. I think as long as I can stay relaxed- my stomach will do the same.

Not nervous, just excited! I am excited to run fast in the streets of my town and to have my friends and family here. I am excited to run with my new friend Gina and to also *hopefully* run with some other gals trying to OTQ.  I am excited to represent my town and the Bandidos!

My friend Julie told me to “Lose the fear that is holding you back—fear of pain, fear of failure, fear of having to stop—those fears will just suck your energy.” I am prepared for the inevitable hurt this time. I know I will need to dig deep and give my all. I feel ready.


  1. I think your approach to this race will result in a really positive surprise for you – I’ve seen numerous examples where quality runners muted their expectations (and hype) in advance of a race, went out “easy”, and delivered significant PRs. Good luck, can’t wait to see how it goes. PS read Advanced Marathoning over the holidays and loved it.

  2. I like your attitude – Good luck!!! I’ll be thinking about you on Sunday! You can do it.

  3. Your attitude keeps getting better and better each race. It’s all about experience, maturity in the sport, and finding your inner peace- your so there!!! I can’t wait to see you at the finish and give you a BIG OL Stinky Hug!!!

  4. Thanks Cynthia!! Hope you are doing well! You need to come visit AZ one of these days!!
    T-Low my soul sista!!! Love you and can’t wait for that stinky hug…and wine and bruschetta!!!

  5. Go! You’re an inspiration! Keep the faith and have fun and run!

  6. Sounds like you’re going to have lots of fun this time round. Love this blog.. and totally want to see you rock this next race!

  7. Ariana – I am so excited for you. You just have to believe. Trust your training and your talent and BELIEVE!

    You have a huge race in you. Go get it.

    Best from Austin,


  8. Just found your blog while doing some “research” on Ragnar. VERY inspiring. Had to laugh-you have the same pre-race “running” pose on your Chicago recap that I take before every race. (Maybe it was a fluke?) You’re getting ready to run in just a little bit (I think it’s 5:30 am in AZ). I can’t wait to hear the recap. Your attitude is great, you have a plan, you’re well trained. OTQ here you come baby!!!! 😀

  9. Ariana

    I see that you did it…sub 2:46. Huge congratulations to you. Miss you on Daily Mile!

  10. YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been following you and like Linda said, we miss you on DM. 🙂 Congratulations!

  11. Thank you SO much!!!!! It was an amazing day, amazing race. Just perfect. 🙂 🙂 I miss you guys too!!!!! xoxo

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