When I wrote my last blog, I was coming off a triumphant return to racing. Having just completed the Boston Run to Remember Half-Marathon, I was eager to find my next race. Well, one week after running that race, I went out for my typical Sunday long run and returned with an atypical pain in my upper glute/lower back. Like many runners, I assumed that 2 days off would heal all wounds and I’d be back at it. Well, 2 days turned into 4 days, then a week, then 2 weeks, then 3 weeks, and then a trip to Physical Therapy. I’ve had my fair share of running-related injuries over the years, but this may have been the most painful yet. Simple tasks such as standing on one leg to put on shorts, rolling over in bed, and just walking around became nearly impossible physical challenges. This injury presented me with an awkwardly painful limp and prevented me from running for nearly 6 weeks. In the mind of a runner, 6 weeks is beyond eternity. But it was during this ti...
Over 6,000 runners recently completed the Boston Run to Remember Half-Marathon. The weather certainly wasn’t typical for the annual Memorial Day Weekend race– mid 40’s and light rain, but it was perfect for a half-marathon. As I crossed the finish line and acknowledged my time, I couldn’t help but reflect on my previous half marathons and begin the dreaded self-comparisons. I ran a respectable 1:50:56 but felt that I could have performed better (as most runners do). There are always numerous “what-ifs” that go through a runners mind. What if I had been at the front of the pack as opposed to the back when the race began? Would my first couple miles have been faster? What if I didn’t have to take the annoying pee-break? That would have saved me precious seconds, right? You could go on forever about what may or may not have influenced your race. Curiosity was killing me so I went back to the archives to look up my past races. Was I accurate...
This coming Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend, 8,000 runners will gather at the Seaport Hotel in Boston for the Run to Remember Half-Marathon. With a week to go before the race, now is the time to really focus on your mental preparation. While you won’t experience any significant gains or losses in your physical conditioning, your mental conditioning can be significantly influenced.
Here are a few mental tips for you to practice throughout the week:
Identify your true purpose for running the race as this will serve as your motivation to keep you moving throughout the 13.1 miles
Check out the course map to become more familiar with the route
Visualize yourself running the course in a strong and efficient manner
Develop a positive mantra you can use if things get challenging on race day
Focus on all the positive aspects of your training and why you will have a great race
Enjoy the moment – take pride in your accomplishments and have a Grateful Run