That was fun.
I decided to get in a mile in my new Hyperion Elite 2s before the race, and they seriously made me feel like I was flying.
I’m excited to see how I do racing in these shoes. I’ll write a full review after I race in them, but I’m extremely impressed so far.
I looked back at the last time I raced a half-marathon and saw that I did just one mile fast a few days before the race, so I decided to do that yesterday.
3 mile w/u, 1 mile @ 5:48, 3 mile c/d.
Skye is still obsessed with Cosmo even though she was terrified of him when we met him. Cosmo gets his own shoes and seatbelt, and she also requests we listen to the BYU fight song the entire time we are in the car.
Cosmo is always with us.
After school, we spent the day celebrating this amazing human. I first met him when he was three, and somehow he is nine years old now.
Beck was very interested in the present opening process.
All Knox requested for his bday was video game playing, lego building, and pizza eating. All three items on his agenda were accomplished.
And then we went to the race!
ALL THREE KIDS WENT THE ENTIRE 2K WITHOUT WALKING/STOPPING? They were on fire!
Let’s talk about race week! The physical work is DONE, and now it is time to focus on the mental work. Give your body and mind the time you need to rest and relax, and here are some things that I recommend doing for your mental game the week of a race.
*If you are feeling nervous, that is okay! It means you care. If the nerves are getting to you, I suggest getting outside to take some deep breaths. Being outside always helps me with whatever perspective shift that I need.
*Can’t sleep the night before the race? Yeah, me neither. Some of my best races ever have been done off of VERY little sleep the night of the race, BUT the nights before that (2 and 3 days before the race), I make sure to get extra sleep. I know I won’t sleep the night of the race, so I ease that anxiety by getting extra sleep the week of the race.
*To go along with that, the week of my best races, I’ve always had a run or two or three that feel awful. I wonder how in the world I am going to hit paces two + minutes faster per mile than what I am struggling to hit during a run that week. It’s just part of the taper for me so if you have that problem too.. it will all work out!
*Look back at that training cycle you have completed and pat yourself on the back! Have confidence; you have proved that you are strong and that you can do hard things.
*Take some time to write out everything you can think of to help you for your race. These are my notes from before my last big race! Skye added to my notes;)
*Your people will love you no matter what happens on race day! It’s your time to go out and do your thing. Remember, you are enough no matter what happens out there.
*One of my favorite parts from Let Your Mind Run, “Indian researchers investigating the “biochemistry of belief”— a phrase I love because it captures the mind-body connection so precisely— wrote that “each and every tiny cell in our body is perfectly and absolutely aware of our thoughts, feelings, and of course, our beliefs… If you believe you are fragile, the biochemistry of your body unquestionably obeys and manifests it. If you believe you are tough, irrespective of your weight and bone density, your body undeniably mirrors it.” The body experiences joy at the cellular level. Satisfaction, gratitude, and other positive emotions keep stress hormones at bay. Social connections and purposes are like “nutrients for the human body,” another researcher wrote.”
BELIEVE you are tough and surround yourself with people that build you up and want the absolute best for you.
*Come up with a fun reward… A new workout top, a fancy restaurant, a massage, time in the mountains with your best friend?! Come up with something that will motivate you to hit your goals.
*Visualize a successful morning. Close your eyes and picture things going smoothly in your prep race morning. Visualize your body feeling strong and healthy. See yourself hitting your pace goals and fueling/hydrating right when you need to. Most importantly, picture yourself crossing that finish line with the time you are chasing.
*Smile every single time you think of the race leading up to it! It works. Try it and let me know how it goes.
*Write small your goals on your wrist. Every time you glance down at your watch during the race you remind yourself of your goals, and you get to be stubborn about those goals.
*Watch things like this to inspire you! DES LINDEN BREAKS THE 50K RECORD:
Share your mental tips for race week, please!
What shoes do you like to race in?
What’s your favorite hobby to do besides running (this question is from Knox:)?
What’s the best part of your Wednesday going to be?