Well, there could be ways to gain more confidence the day before the first practice. But I doubt the Israelites were feeling very confident when their army was reduced to 300 prior to fighting a huge army. Today I ran 10 miles and it wrecked me. Nevertheless I had some nice tender mercies along the way. It was boiling hot on my first real afternoon run since coming home and I think the biggest thing was that I had eaten pretty recently. At first I started feeling more and more sluggish before I got downright sick. I stopped twice to kneel down and relax in the shade a bit. One of the times a guy stopped and offered me water and a ride. I accepted the first. Later on I was able to stop again and throw up, which finally liberated me from having to do a mega slow jog. What I learned: HYDRATE more than I have been, especially in this dry climate, and don't eat after 12:00 tomorrow!
Well, it's been a good bit of training since I got home- 1058 miles to be as accurate as possible. I can't wait to see how I do!