I can’t believe how the year is flying by and how it is already April. Well what this means for me that it is RACE season. It is time for me to showcase all of my training in my races. This can be scary for many people because it’s like WOW it i reality now that it’s race season.
So I remember one year I was training really hard to get a sub 2 in my half marathon. I had trained as best as I could but really during my training season it was rough. I had gone through family issues, work problems, depression and anxiety issues. Well as the time approached for the actual race day, I was determined that I was going to get the sub 2 and that I was going to push myself as hard as I could for that race. Well needless to say I was very disappointed because I didn’t get that PR. It actually the worst half marathon that I have ever had. So after the race I really began to beat myself and say why did you have so many problems? As I really reflected on the race I realized that it wasn’t that my body wasn’t prepared for the race, my mind wasn’t prepared. My mind was so distracted by the fear of failure, the fear of not maintaining the pace, the stress that I had been dealing with throughout the training. My mind was all over place. After really looking at that I realized that, WOW that makes total sense.
So after that race I really began to really not only focus on the physical aspect of training but began to really look the whole package (mind, body and soul) I realized that I could definitely PR but first I had to deal with my mental state. So how did I accomplish this? So I started off first with just going out to do a run with no aspect of mileage, no pace requirements and no other requirements. I just wanted to go out and run and just have fun and enjoy the run. I realized when I decided to not put all of that stress on myself my runs began to get better. I began to really find my inner peace through running. Running began another aspect of life to me more than just fitness.
So what advice can I give you? Don’t stress about how you should do or put so many expectations on yourself. Enjoy the process, enjoy the race, enjoy the fact that you are out there accomplishing something that someone else is wishing they could do. Don’t let your mind take control over you, you take control of your mind.