Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pre-Marathon Workout: Filling up positive vibes!

positive-thoughtsIn less than 5 days I’ll be running my 6th marathon… CRAZY GOOD!  I’m excited for this one!  I feel like I’ve trained pretty well and kept my eating under check.  Now it’s time to fill my head with POSITIVE thoughts.  There’s the physical part of running and then the mental part.  The mental part will come in at about 20/22 miles where negative thoughts will try to creep in.  You’ve got to have a game plan to squelch them!

So… this blog post is really for… filling up positive vibes! 

Write it down

I’ll be writing positive things on my arms so that when I get stupid later in the race, I can look down and repeat what’s on my arm.  These are short, simple things that will mean a lot when I need them.  Here’s some of the things that may or may not be written on my arm…

I’ve done this in previous marathons and it really helped.  Here’s a link to all kinds of Running Mantras.  Find one or two for yourself.

Push Through

When training, I pushed through!  I did this because I wanted to get stronger, but also to use the positive mental recollection of pushing through when I didn’t want to.  This training season was the first time that I did track workouts.  There were several times that I didn’t feel like I could do that last lap, but I pushed through!  It was such a victory when I did push through.  I’m going to be leaning on those positive mental pictures. 

3 Races… 3 PRs… shooting for a 4th

While training with the Frisco Running Club, I’ve gotten faster and stronger! If you live near Frisco, come join us! Below are my 3 most recent races… all 3 are PRs. Not, by a few seconds, but by minutes. :)

  • DRC Loop 15K – 1:17:45 at a pace of 8:20. My previous 15K PR was 1:20:39. I beat this one by 2:54.
  • Gary Burns 5K – 23:56 at a pace of 7:42. My previous PR was 24:57. I beat this one by 1:01.
  • DRC Half Marathon – 1:48:04 at a pace of 8:17. My previous PR was 1:49:52. I beat this one by 1:52.

My favorite way of keeping up with all my previous race results is AthLinks. This website collects all of the race results and gives you some cool stats. The great part… it’s free!

Yep, shooting for a 4th PR here.  I have no doubt that I’m going to hit it unless something crazy happens.  My current PR is 4:18.  I’m going to beat that and then smash it as I want to get under 4 hours. 

Visualize

I constantly visualize what it’s going to be like crossing that finish line completing my goal.  It’s such an awesome vision that I want to keep running to it.

I’m also excited that my son, Cairo will be running his second Half Marathon.  It’s wild to think that he’ll be out there on his own out of my sight.  Usually, when we run together, he’s next to me or out in front of me where I can see him.  He’ll be finishing way ahead of at my half way point.  He’s going to have such a great time.  He’s stronger than he realizes!

If this is your 1st or 21st marathon, I believe it’s important to arm yourself with positive thoughts to beat down the ugly ones.  The ugly ones will be there… get ready to beat the crap out of them!

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