It’s Tuesday night and I run my first official race on Sunday. I’m already beginning the mental preparations that will accompany all the running work I’ve done over the past weeks. It’s so important to start visualizing now.
For one, I’m reading this book:
For another, I’m starting to think about the course. I’m saying, “It’s a really nice trail, and it’s there for people to have fun. The high school team runs cross country here. It’s through a nice set of gentle rolls, and nothing too tricky. You’ll love it!” In my mind’s eye, I’ve got the muggy morning weather, the feel of my feet getting a little wet in the tall grass, the sense of slipping a bit on the mud. I build into the experience all the things that might trip me up (literally and otherwise).
When I build in all the stuff that could be jarring or stressful, I envision myself getting through it. I talk myself up as being a very good new entry to the sport of running. I give myself credit for all the core and strength training I’m doing, and tell myself that my legs are far stronger than a street-only runner, as I’ve even done beach running.
Hopefully, this will pay off. I’m definitely feeling confident with my goal (finishing), and just curious to see what time I come up with for this first race. Oh, and I’ve already raised $120 so far for the charity. Not too shabby, eh?
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