Welcome June! Hard to believe that spring is in full swing, with summer just around the corner. In honor of Global Running Day, it seems only natural that I would write and reflect about something that I spend a lot of time doing.
I recently ran at Pineland Farms in New Glouster, Maine for the first time. They host a weekend of trail running fun for all levels (including a canine 5K!). The "big" races were on Sunday and included the 25K, 50K, and 50-miler. I decided to take on the 25K.
Training. Sometimes it feels like the picture above. Happy, smiling, and things are going well. Other times it is more like the image below. Pushing forward, determined to leave it all out there on the course. And the picture you are not seeing here is the other times. When things are really hard and you look so tired, winded, and it appears you might not make it. But, the thing is that you know you have been running and working at it and you know your body will carry you through the race. It is often about convincing yourself (your mind) that you got this.
I have never done this before, but for the first time I had a motto. It actually started the morning as I drove to the race. I was getting anxious thinking, as I often do, that I was not ready for the race. This is then followed by my questions about whether I have done enough training. This is usually just silliness and I have run enough now to know that I just need to go out there and run my race and have enjoy the rhythm of the run that day.
So I set an intention to run the race as best as I could paying attention to my body and when it comes to positive brain talk I would remember to breathe and believe. I remember letting this phrase or motto swirl around in my head that morning. And when creeping thoughts occurred and I starting questioning (doubting) myself during the run, I just kept saying breathe and believe. Then I would take a good deep breath and relax. It is amazing what the body can do when we keep it fueled and at ease to do its thing.