I posted an update after my long run yesterday; instead of copying and pasting it here, you can go read the quick recap here. I will say that I am lucky I didn’t get hurt. I’m glad I was wearing my yaktrax, but you still need to be careful.
The run did get me thinking about the race. I tossed out a question last week asking folks how they mentally prep for a race, as I feel like it’s an area I can still work on.
Richard, a fan on facebook, shared this…
Don’t think about it. Like AT ALL. Were experienced runners, why deal with the anxiety. We know what to do/NOT to do. I focus on the task at hand. Look at the training run for the day, pack the bag, complete the workout, wash the clothes and repeat.
Day before the race- layout clothes, gels,etc. Pin bib to shirt, eat well go to sleep early.
Race day-get up, eat, hydrate, drive, park and STILL don’t think about it.
Find start line and enjoy the day…
Richard’s comment, the “Wizard of Oz” themed episode of Phineas and Ferb and the email conversation Coach Jen and I had yesterday helped reaffirm things for me. I’m not going to stress about it. Yeah, it’s been warm in Austin. Nothing I do can change the weather.I can worry about it and wish it’s cooler, but I’d be wasting energy. I’ll focus on what I can control and go from there. Besides planning the logistics, boarding the dogs, car rental, packing for the trip and the race- I’m going to do my best to not dwell. I’m sure Jen will have me do some mental exercises leading up to the race, but I’m not going to go overboard with it and obsess.
And yes, as I type this I realize I said the same thing before my last marathon. I just didn’t execute that plan last go around. I was too worried about hitting my goal, about what I would blog about and was super busy chairing the Run with Heart team- I took on too much.
One of the goals I set for myself, that I didn’t share, was to simplify things a bit and reduce stress. Physical health is tied to mental health, both need focus. It’s been refreshing taking a bit of a step back. A coworker joked that I’m like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights, in the last race where Ricky was racing for “Me.” I kind of like that, but I think it’s more of just getting back to basics.
This winter I have rediscovered the joy of running.I’ve once again found why I love running and am having a blast! I’ve run alone, with friends and reconnected with others. It’s been…fun! I lost that in 2011 a bit. I set a huge goal is breaking 5 hours and was so focused on trying to hit that goal that I I took on too much and lost sight. I wasn’t having fun.
Training for this race has been more intense and I think I’ve stepped up to the challenge. As I said to Coach Jen yesterday, I think I’ve done a better job of not getting wrapped up in the big picture while training for this marathon. I’ve been able to take it a day and a workout at a time. That has also helped!
I’ve got a big week, ending with my second 20 miler on Saturday, and then it’s taper time! I’m amazed at how quickly the time has flown. I guess the old adage is true because this winter I’m having fun and enjoying the journey!
I think the lesson for all of us, As many people have reminded this week, enjoy the journey.
Now, as a reminder to you, here’s “The Wizard of Odd” Part 1…
Part 2 is here.