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I hope you had a great weekend!
I was talking to a good friend of mine at church that is also running the St. George Marathon and she told me a tip that I’m going to try—> She writes her time goal and a mantra on her hand/wrist so that every time she looks down to her Garmin during the race she has her power words/goals to look at and remember. I love it.
Church is a new experience for us now that Skye is really into crawling everywhere.
I’ve been eating a lot of TJ’s prepared salads lately. They make life so much easier. I had it with some of the kid’s pizza (yep, had pizza twice yesterday… carb loading;).
It was a very lazy Sunday for us. We took a nap for a few minutes until we were woken up for snacks.
We went to a family dinner later on and somehow my nephew fell asleep in the high chair while he had beautiful pizza right in front of him.
My sister has set a very high standard for pizza…
Skye even loves it!
For dessert our neighbors showed up with a homemade pie with apples right from their tree. It was delicious.
I’m jumping into bed every night by 9 this week!
The physical training is done but there is still time to continue working on my mental training. It’s important to have a bunch of different ideas or things to use to help you mentally on race day because sometimes one thing works in one situation and not in another! Here are a bunch of the things I’ll be thinking about on race day to keep me on pace and getting that PR that I have been craving for 8 years:
*Think about the things that do NOT hurt. This one helps me often because if I can get my brain to focus on the good things rather than dwelling on tired quads then I am set to do so much better. It’s amazing how my elbows and earlobes never hurt while running. FIND THE GOODNESS.
*I CAN DO HARD THINGS. This is one of my most used mantras. I can and have done hard things and today is another day to prove to myself that I can.
*To go along with this, my mom said the other day to me in a text, ‘HARD MAKES BETTER.’ I know it does. So when things feel hard I will focus on it making me better…. true in life and running.
*TRUST MY TRAINING. I’ve done the work. My coach has prepared me perfectly for race day and I’ve gotten out the door 6 days a week for months to practice for these 26.2 miles. It’s time to CELEBRATE the hard work.
*Bait myself along. I KNOW I can get to the next aid station or I KNOW I can get to the next spot I see Andrew and the kids. I’ll keep baiting myself along until that finish line!
*THIS FROM MARY LYNNE and I will be using it:
*Smile. I truly love this. Smiling while running releases feel good hormones and it makes you realize how lucky we are to do this.
*Think about the long runs and workouts that I have run during this training cycle. It’s kind of embarrassing how many times I have gone over the splits of different workouts I’ve done this far but it helps me to see how capable I am of hitting this goal of mine. Here are a few of them:
*One of my most used mental tools—> When my legs get tired I pump my arms harder and focus on that instead of my legs.
*Remember that the pain after of not hitting our dreams/goals is worse than the pain we are feeling in the moment during the race.
*Jen W told me to do this in the comments the other day. I used it during my 22 miler and I really liked it! “You take your hands and almost act like you’re holding a pen or a chip, and you click your thumbs and your index fingers together.” Oh and she shared with me Des Linden’s quote, “Calm and relax, I’ll run fast.” <— I’ll be repeating that whenever I start feeling anxiety.
*I count. A lot. I count steps, trees that I pass, people wearing colorful shoes… anything. Counting gets my brain somewhere else.
*Gratitude. All of the gratitude that I get to do this and for the people in my life. (Below: Knox and Brooke right before Veyo hill the last time I ran this marathon)
*I’ve gotten good at blocking things out as a mom ha;) A friend will apologize for one of their kid’s throwing a fit or something and I’ll realize that I haven’t even noticed… I’ve heard a good amount of crying over the last 6 years of being a mom and sometimes I just completely block it out and don’t hear it. I’m using this same thing for pain during a race… I’ve been training for years and years so I’ll just block it out and ignore the pain during those last few miles.
*I KNOW for a fact that the waves of pain come and go. For example, mile 19 might be rough but that does not mean the rest of the race will. The marathon is a rollercoaster of emotions. I know I am strong enough to work through the tough spots and get to the next place. “Don’t let fatigue deceive you… There’s good and bad patches in a race and it’s your job to get out of the bad patches as quickly as possible and hang on to the good ones.” (from this book).
*Sara Hall said, “When I start hurting in long workouts/races I tell myself It will hurt either way- The faster you go, the sooner you’re done with the pain.”
*Focus on somebody/something else when the pain sets in. Focus on the mountains, the lines on the road, tell the runner next to you that they are doing a great job.. just like in life, sometimes when you are in a lot of pain, focusing on building somebody else up/something other than yourself can help you a whole lot to feel better.
*I am comfortable. I love telling this to myself when I’m not comfortable because it allows my body to relax and I believe that I am comfortable (I literally repeat it over and over for like 5 minutes straight ha).
*I love speeding up to start using different muscles. In my brain it works. When I feel like my legs are dead, I speed up a bit and tell myself that I am now using different muscle groups that are not tired yet because I haven’t been using them yet. It works.
*Embrace the suck. I love running and everything that comes with it. I am blessed to be able to run and I’ll embrace the good, the bad and the ugly.
*Why not ME? We can all say this one. We are capable of so much more than we can ever imagine. You CAN do this.
*Replace fear with FAITH. When I start to worry about race day or that I’m not ready or if I start getting nervous during the race—> I replace that fear with faith. Believing that I CAN do this and that the workouts I have done have made me ready for this. Also, in my experience it is impossible to feel anxiety and gratitude at the same time so when I do feel anxious, I think about the things I feel grateful for.
Hey, I wanted to share this with you. This family is my sister’s neighbors and dear friends and the dad (they have 7 children) died unexpectedly playing basketball on Thursday night. If you are able to help out, their gofundme is here. It will be greatly appreciated. I can’t stop thinking about them and my sister and her family are heartbroken for them (my brother-in-law worked with him too).
Please add them to your prayers! Thank you!
Have any tools for my mental toolbox to use on Saturday?
Who has an October race? October birthday? I would love to hear about it.
Best thing you ate this weekend?
What are you grateful for lately?