An Amazing Run + Reminiscing About My First Half
Last night I had a GREAT run! 5 mile progression run and then a half mile cool down. Every mile felt really amazing and at the end I felt like I was flying. That’s the best feeling. That’s why I run.
I hope to carry this feeling all the way into the weekend and have a killer long run on Sat.
I ordered my tutu for the Princess Half yesterday. I went with the Cruella themed one! She’s definitely not a princess, but the tutu is just so fun looking.
My friend is going as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to see how our costumes come together on race day!
Speaking of half marathons, I was reminiscing today about the “good old days” when I was training for my first half : )
In the weeks leading up I was so nervous. I wondered if I would make it to the finish line, if the bridge I had to cross would sap me of energy, what I would say if I had to drop…
My running coach gave me the best pep talk leading up to the race though.
First, a couple of weeks out she told me to start using the visualization technique – where you picture yourself running through aid stations and then crossing the finish line strong:
“Feel yourself picking up the pace as you run strong and fast and controlled, through the finish line, crossing the finish line, running right through and then seeing the volunteers, handing you water, putting your medal on you, congratulating you. Think about how it feels to know you trained for this and you did what you set out to do. Smile and be happy.”
Second, she reminded me that running is something that I choose to do. She told me not to be nervous because “it’s just running, it’s what you love to do.” That really put things into perspective for me and alleviated a lot of my nerves. It was exactly what I needed to hear.
Even now as I prepare for my second half with a lot more confidence in my running abilities, it still makes me feel better to think “it’s just running, it’s what you love to do.”
If you’re getting ready for your first half, don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself (easier said than done, I know).
Running a half marathon is just running. You’ve been doing it all training cycle long (and probably longer than that). Now, as the big day gets closer remember that running the half is just an extension of your training. In fact, it’s the celebration and culmination of all the hard work you’ve put in.
I wrote this letter to myself at the end of my training cycle and read it the night before my half. I found it to be really helpful and encouraging. I even read it again on race morning. If you’re feeling nervous it might help you to write something similar and read it to yourself whenever the butterflies start racing around in your stomach.
Phew I wrote a novel today! If you made it all the way to the end … thank you : )
How are your runs going this week? Easy breezy? Hurt so good? Mentally tough?