….and My Story Runs On….
Saturday 2/1, I will run my 5th marathon. Remember, I swore that I would never run a half marathon but apparently I’m addicted to running now.
I did the Pf Changs Rock N Roll marathon a few weeks ago with my friends and blogged about it here.
Saturday’s Sedona Marathon is for me, so to speak. Ironically it’s just another training run before my first 50K race on 2/22. I already had it in my head that it might take me 6 hours to complete it due to the hills. I remember when I did the half last year, it was longer than my “regular” time.
But today, I looked up my half marathon time from last year (2:30) and my PR on my last full marathon was 5:12 (The Lost Dutchman last year which is also hilly but doesn’t have the elevation of Sedona).
So now I’m trying to come up with a game plan for Sunday and here it goes:
- I’ve already been carbing up and drinking lots of water to get hydrated.
- I’m taking the 2 days before the race off of running to rest my legs and body for Sunday.
- I’ve been doing a little extra stretching, foam rolling and leg drains.
- I’ll listen to my new hypnosis session from Dr. John at Peak Performance Online a few times.
- My new goal now (after reviewing my stats from last year) is have a PR at this race, which means at least 5:11. I hesitate to put this in writing however between all the trail running and conditioning I’ve been doing in the last year, I feel it’s a realistic goal. I also found out that half the course is dirt which I’m very excited about it!
- Last but not least, even though I have that goal, I’m detached from the outcome. This is a skill I learned through my 7 Laws of Spiritual Success meditations. The Law of Detachment basically means that I’m not attached to this goal. I want to achieve it but by allowing myself to accept uncertainty in this situation, I won’t “worry” about it and have that negative energy weighing me down.
So, I’m heading up to Sedona with my friends and boyfriend today.
Tomorrow I’ll focus on my ChiRunning technique (use my app if I need some help so I don’t have to think about my Form Focuses), and have music available if necessary but I know the gorgeous views will keep me occupied.
Before I started this blog, I googled quotes on “execution”. Love this one from Dr. Wayne Dyer; it’s perfect for Saturday and really any other situation in life as he says:
What do you do when you are getting ready for a race? How do you prepare mentally?
From My Running Story to Yours….
(if you feel inspired to share your comments, do so below…I want to hear your story too!)