And just like that today is the final day of summer.
I’m excited for cooler running weather and I’ve already started adding canned pumpkin puree to my oatmeal for breakfast. I have one goal race for 2015 left on the calendar, the Harvest Half Marathon next weekend. My friend Tara is planning to pace me and I’m hoping to have a really strong race.
I’ve been trying not to psych myself up for the race too much though. I’ve noticed lately that the races I really care about running well (the Calgary half marathon and the Calgary 70.3) I wind up letting the pressure get to me at some point during the race. I take off too fast in search of the end goal. I at times let my expectations weigh on the day. For races where I am focused on the fun and enjoying the moment (Disney Half, Tinker Bell Half, Chinook Olympic) I feel like I’ve executed them better. Somehow I need to marry the importance to enjoying the moment. I need to trust myself that I can execute a great race and relax a bit more.
My moto for training and racing this year was that I wanted to go fast and take chances. I definitely have! Those chances haven’t always paid off but I think I’ve learned a lot from them. This was what 2015 was for. Now I just need to translate those lessons into steps forward.
How do you psych yourself up for a race…but not overdo it?