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This week’s Word is CONFIDENT
I wish I could say that I am always confident before a race. Because often, I am not.
But here’s what I’d suggest:
- Have realistic goals.
Of course, we runners have lofty goals. I’d like to run a sub 2 hour half marathon. But I am not confident right now that that can happen. If you are goal-oriented, have multiple goals and one should be a goal that you can confidently reach.
I am not good following my own advice. But no one should arrive at a race with tired legs. The week before a race should be a cut back week with minimal mileage. I always like to rest two days before my race, as well.
- Know the race logistics in advance.
It is important to figure out where the race start is and where to park. And will it be crowded and how early should you arrive? Will there be a bag check? How far away will the porta-potties be? Will there be many of them? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you feel confident on race day.
- Come to a race prepared.
You know what I mean. Bring everything that you will need – fuel, hat, gloves, throw-away items, bib, water, etc. We have all forgotten something essential at one time or another. Like charging your watch….
- Be flexible.
In order to feel confident, you have to “go with the flow.” It may rain. It may be windy. Some part of your body may hurt that has never hurt before. There may be hills even though the course was described as “mostly flat.”
- Find a friend or chat with a fellow runner.
Runners are great! If you don’t know anyone at a race, just start a conversation with a stranger. You’ll find that you have a lot in common. (You are running the same race, right?)
- Trust your plan.
This is the most important one. You have trained. You did your runs. You are ready! No second guessing. BE CONFIDENT!!
Happy Running! Do you feel confident before a race? What did you do to get that way?