Just a little pre race mojo to get you all ready for this BIG WEEKEND of RACING!! Good luck to all my friends competing in the Mercedes Marathon, Half Marathon & Super Hero 5K(like me) & to all my crazy LA Marathoners & Olympic qualifying hopefuls!!
That’s always been one of my favorite quotes to tell myself about racing-
“Your PR is what you were”, on the front of one of my racing shirts by Nike and hanging on a poster in my room.
I’m so thankful for every racing opportunity because it’s another gift. It’s another chance for us to beat ourselves and push ourselves beyond what we’ve done before.
“Progress is rarely a straight line. There are always bumps in the road, but you can make the choice to keep looking ahead.”
As they say,(well we mostly)-
The Money is in the bank!
You’ve done everything you possibly can up to this point, your big day.
I am racing the 5K this weekend as I am not an insane Marathoner yet! 😉
But I know many of you are racing the Marathon or half marathon this weekend and I am SO PROUD of y’all!!! I just wanted to drop some encouragement to you all and even though I have never raced at your level; I still know the same feeling before a race.
Stop worrying about little things out of your control and don’t let pre race jitters get you down.
HAVE FUNN!!! Racing is supposed to be fun to! Enjoy Competing.
BE AGGRESSIVE! Race like a Bad Bitch! Seriously, nice guys do finish last here.
FOCUS on your GOAL not how you FEEL! It’s gonna be hard, everything worth it is!
This most likely ain’t your first rodeo.
Focus on relaxing, hydrating, your routine nutrition needs, and visualizing YOUR RACE!!
We get so caught up in other runners that are “better” or “faster” than us and racing distractions around us that we sometimes lose sight of our own mission in the race.
Whatever that may be for you this weekend, GO FOR IT.
Remember my 3 W’s?
Think about those as they relate to this race.
Be proud of yourself even if it seems like no one else gets it because people don’t always understand your training or why you do it every day.
It’s because they can’t relate. They aren’t there when you wake up at 4:30am, when you do an obnoxiously long run on the weekend, eat all the time or when you have to say no to a night out for your training.
“Most of us have enough areas in our lives where we have to meet others’ expectations. Let your running be about your own hopes and dreams.”
Believe me, this weekend you’ll know why. And that’s all that matters!
I feel closest to Jesus when I am running. When I know that I am doing everything possible to glorify him with my body and push myself and sacrifice my body through my running for him.
That even if I don’t meet all of my goals I have for myself in my running and races and don’t hit the PRs I’ve set to conquer, that he’s already so proud of me before I even cross the finish.
That’s why I don’t give up. I feel like I’m sacrificing my body through the work I do every day in training to become better, faster and stronger.
I want to see how far I can take this gift I’m given and I don’t intend on wasting it by giving up.
That’s really what has set me free in my running. I’m not as hard on myself after even a great race because I know that if I keep grinding and keep having faith, I’ll reach my goals.
You gotta have a quiet, knowing and trusting confidence in your training and with the Lord.
It’s such a journey, it’s not easy but the reward will be so sweet. Keep going.
Whatever your goal is for this weekend, whether you’re trying to set a new marathon PR, just trying to excel to the next level of being elite like me in a smaller race, or vying for a spot in Rio this summer, remember that you are your biggest hindrance or help.
The pain will come. We have to accept that. But we have a choice to pull back or remind ourself that it’s not real!
Pain is mental.
So think about how much you’ve put in to get to this day. Everything you’ve done when no one was watching.