My Running Coach’s Advice + A Letter to Myself

Last night my running coach sent me an email saying it’s time to start visualizing success on race day. She said:

“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.”


I’ve been doing this visualization technique for a very long time. Whenever any of my runs get tough I think about how I will feel crossing the finish line at my first half and that always pulls me through.

After running ten miles this past weekend, I kind of feel like unless something disastrous happens I am going to actually run this thing in less than a month. However, little bits of doubt do creep into my mind every once in a while.

Having been anti-running for so long I never thought I would run two miles let alone 13.1. Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to fail simply because I’m just not real runner material. But then I remind myself that I have put in all the hard work for this.


I’ve put in the hours, the sweat, the tears. I’ve been through all the ups and downs of training for my first long-distance race and I AM GOING TO DO IT. I just need to trust in my training.

So this post is for me and everyone else who is getting ready for a big race. It’s a compilation of some of my favorite motivational quotes. Each one a reflection of the journey I am taking to 13.1. This is the post I will look at the night before my half marathon to remind myself that I AM GOING TO DO THIS.

Trust in your training


Expect things of yourself

I used to run with doubt now she cant keep up

Every mile is a testament to your commitment


So, hello Kristina of the future.

Tonight is the last night that you will be a non-half marathoner.


You are prepared. You have put in all the hard work, now it’s time to reap the rewards!



  1. October 15, 2013 / 5:09 am

    Yay! What a fantastic post! You can and will do this! I attended a visualization and meditation/hypnosis seminar earlier this summer. It was interesting to think about and makes total sense to repeatedly visualize it, but I am not that disciplined to keep it up. Oops.

    • October 16, 2013 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you! If I for some reason do not complete the half on Nov 10th, it won’t be because I didn’t give it my all!

  2. October 15, 2013 / 10:12 pm


    And you are going to LOVE it, ROCK it, and be desperate for MORE!!!

    • October 16, 2013 / 9:29 pm

      YES! I hope so! I did look up a backup half marathon that takes place a couple weekends after this one just in case, but I don’t plan on needing it!

  3. October 16, 2013 / 2:18 am

    Kristina of the future, you ARE going to do this! Love this post. My rowing coach in college used to have us do race visualization as a team. We’d sit cross-legged on the floor, in the order that we sat in the boat, close our eyes and visualize the race together. Sometimes we’d even do it in our dorm rooms when our coach wasn’t around. It was so helpful. I am visualizing you having a great first half-marathon!

    • October 16, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Haha, thank you! πŸ™‚

      I never realized how powerful visualization was until I started running. The only small downside is whenever I picture myself crossing the finish line I start tearing up. I hope I don’t start crying hysterically when it actually happens!

  4. May 9, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    This post is so inspiring. Obviously now you have ran further than 13.2 miles, but in all truth this is a nice reminder to us all. Every runner has moments where they want to quit and where they don’t think we can go another mile, but it is possible. Our body is stronger than we ever believed it could be. I ran my fastest 5K this morning and I’m planning to start training for my first 10K. My body is getting stronger as I continue to run and gain confidence in my own ability. You are a real runner no matter how fast or slow your time is.