Two weekends ago I completed my second half marathon. Infinitely less prepared physically than the first however moderately more prepared mentally, I set out with no specific goal other than to finish and enjoy my time on the course. It worked~2 minutes faster than previous race.
My mental game typically gets the better of me. Read all about it here. Prior to most races I need counseling from my running partner or any number of good friends. I try~really, really try to stay relaxed and not get all freakishly obsessed over EVERY aspect of racing....need examples? This is what I worry about-here you go:
-what I will wear
-will I finish
-if I can't finish will they pull me off the course
-WORSE: will it close before I finish
-will my music be good enough
-am I drinking enough
-will I follow the course (laughable as that's really only a thought for the leaders-so you see how my thinking doesn't follow logic if I am worried both about not knowing the right turn-follow the people in front dummy, AND being the last on the course)
-etc, etc, etc ~really the list can be long and I can certainly think up any number of things to worry about
This weekend I am scheduled to run another race...a half marathon with my dear girl friends I ran the first half with. The 7 miles I put in yesterday sucked~truly a bad, bad run. It hurt and my body feels terrible today-achey, swollen (weird), tired, blah. That alone can lend credence to a crazy girl! Surprisingly my mental game is in tact! I'm ready.
I attribute it to my stellar finish in the last half, right behind THE WINNER...of the Marathon. ~SMILE.