Thursday, May 14, 2009
Are You Mentally Ready?
I got in almost a full 8 hours of sleep last night! I have an hour Kettle Bell class this morning, so I needed to make sure I fueled up. I made a nice big bowl of yummy oats. The best bowl I have had in awhile.
The key to this bowl was the 1/2 Honey Graham Z bar+ Naturally Nutty Chocolate Butter Toffee PB!!
With a cup of French Press, DD coffee, in my world travelers mug:)
As I gear up mentally for SDRR Marathon, (17 days away) I began to think of all the things I have learned from my past 3 marathons.
First 10 Miles:
Start out slow. I took off way to fast at the Boston Marathon, running 7 minute miles! Take it slow. I know if I keep my pace steady at the beginning my body will thank me in the end.
Run my own race. Don't be worried if I see a lot of people passing me. Something I have struggled with in other marathons is thinking I wasn’t going fast enough,because of the folks that were speeding by me! I have to remember, they may be starting out way too fast, so I’ll catch them later at my own pace!
Don't get too emotional. Try to stay as calm as possible for the first 10 miles. At the St.George Marathon I almost broke down because I was getting too emotional. I will need to conserve my mental energy for the ENTIRE race!
Break up the race. Start breaking up the race into smaller segments. It will make the distance and feel more manageable. When I pass the half marathon mark I only have one more half to go, and at the 20 miler mark I could say just a 10k and I am done!
Stay mentally tough. A runners mental toughness will really start to be tested during these miles. I need not to give into periods of self-doubt and discomfort. I need to remember all the training that I have done and have faith in it. I need to constantly think about how hard I have worked and how rewarding it will be to complete the race.
Beat boredom. Do whatever it takes to keep my mind occupied: I can sing songs, play mental games, count people, talk to other runners(I am hoping to run along side Meghann).
Think outside my body. These are the miles I feel the most pain! I know will certainly feel tired. I need to let my mind take over from my body and try to focus on the outside -- the spectators, the other runners, the scenery.
Set small milestones. I need to break up the course, mile by mile. Start counting down the miles and the minutes.
Talk to myself. At this point in the race, I need to dig down deep for extra strength. Reminding myself what I have sacrificed( sleep, social time) to get to this point!!
Do you have any tips??? Oh I am getting excited!!!
Time to hit the road, bike and all!!! HAPPY THURSDAY!