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[Optional] Topic for this week: Does your mind wander? What do you think about when you run or workout?
It all depends on when, where and why I’m running.
There are times when my mind problem solves. There are times when there are literally blank. There are times when I take in the beauty of running outside (those thoughts happen most often with trail running) or I write an entire blog post and just hope that I can remember at least half of it when I sit down at the computer.
No doubts. Running. Determination. Never giving up. Courage.With a whole lot of smiles.
6:30 start time is awesome. Seeing the sunrise over the water is breathtaking.
Total focus on the here and now. No goals. No time. Wait! I can’t focus.
[Unexpected last minute trip to the port-a-potty and] no time to find my dad before the start. There he is. [insert smile] Quick hug and a kiss. That’s better.
Now I can focus. Finish strong and enjoy the run. [Insert Smile]
Visualize it. See the finish.
[On a scenic highway coast] the sunrise is beautiful.
I’m feeling stronger than ever.
Get in the zone. Total focus.
Uh oh. No good can ever come after that (photo taken later in the day after the race).
You’ve got this. Just get to the top.
You’re handing out cups of beer? The thought of drinking a beer right now is nauseating!
Man that was hard! I hope there isn’t another freakin’ hill.
[Half and full split] If given the choice would I want to turn right? LOL I’m glad I’m not turning right.
Thank you spectator but you’re saying “almost there” way too early!
[Seeing a t-shirt with before and after photos and NEVER AGAIN printed under it] I should tell him how cool his shirt is (later in the race I did).
There are a lot of people wearing Newtons. I didn’t like the lugs on the bottom.
[Mile 11] My legs are done. What happened? 2 hills that’s what happened. I pushed it on the 2 hills and that decision has caught up with me. You need to train more on hills. You don’t like them but you have to run them.
I’m ok with this. Just run. [insert smile]
Visualize it. You worked all year for this. [insert smile]
Remember, finish strong and enjoy the run. [yes, insert another smile]
[Crossing the finish line with fists in the air, tears in my eyes] thank you body for not giving up on me mentally or physically.
[Final thought] BRING ON 2015!
This whole year has culminated in this race. After an injury in August of 2013 there was recovery. Re-injury that nobody could explain. Recovery. In February I was cleared to run without restrictions, but I didn’t totally return to running. I chose to run less and focus on imbalances and getting stronger. It was the right thing to do.
I trained smart. I ran less to run better.
I think this quote sums up running in 2014 nicely.
As hard as this year has been. I never gave up! I didn’t quit.
Do you notice other runner’s shoes during a race? Do you chat with the other runners?
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