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 AM A REAL RUNNER.
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.
So, hello Kristina of the future.
Tonight is the last night that you will be a non-half marathoner.
YOU ARE GOING TO DO THIS.
You are prepared. You have put in all the hard work, now it’s time to reap the rewards!
GO EARN YOUR MEDAL!