31 days are standing between me and the Rock n’ Roll USA Half Marathon.
All of a sudden, I’m getting anxious about the race. A large part of my nervousness is stemming from the fact that I’ve been running well. At least I think I’ve been running well, but have I been running well enough? Could I be doing more? Can I sustain this for another month? Am I getting my hopes up for naught?
Logically, I KNOW a PR is entirely in my grasp. To recap, in my first and only half (the National half in 2008), my finish time was 2:10:48 (or an average pace of 9:59). My goal for this first half was to run the whole thing and finish. That’s an entirely different sort of goal than the one I’m shooting for now — to run the half faster. Ideally about 3 minutes faster.
My latest training runs indicate I can achieve this:
- 11 miles – 10:27 avg (25 degrees and windy)
- 10 miles – 10:15 avg
- 9 miles – 10:31 avg (with snow/ice)
- 6 miles – 9:10 avg (would have been a 10K PR!)
- 5 miles – 9:16 avg
I haven’t been pushing it on the long runs. I could run faster, but I’ve been shooting for consistency.
The tempo runs have been quick, but I’ve felt in control. Like I could do another mile at that pace if pressed.
Surely this indicates that 13 at 9:45 is well within reach, right?
I think I can do it, but I’m scared. What if I go out too fast? What if my stomach doesn’t cooperate? What if, what if. All this second guessing. Doubting myself. Discounting my training. I need to push STOP on the negative mind chatter.
I’m going to focus on positive thinking.
I’m going to come up with some great mantras to carry me through.
I’m going to BELIEVE in myself and my training.
I’m going to get my mind in the right frame of thinking to show up at that starting line and conquer!
QOTD: How do you overcome negative thoughts and/or race anxiety?