Using Visualization in Races

Staying motivated to do your best during a race can be challenging. Overcoming mental barriers is no small feat. Some runners use visualization during races to conquer negative thoughts before they even start. I tried visualization for the first time during a 10k, and it was an experience that I…

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When Pushing Yourself Is Worth It

I just wasn’t feeling it. My legs were heavy as I trudged along the side of the road. Why had I chosen to sleep late, instead of getting up and out on my run early as I had planned? I had somewhere to be later. Now, I had to shorten…

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When Slowest is Best

Some people assume that a runner’s best race is the one with the fastest finish time. That’s just not so. I experienced one of my best 5k races when I ran my slowest. The lessons that I learned from that race are priceless. Not long after completing a half-marathon, I…

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Learning to Let Go

Sometimes I fool myself into thinking that I’m in control. I research and plan until my brain is tired. Once I have every eventuality figured out, then my anxious mind can relax. However, sometimes I come face to face with the reality that I am not really in control, like…

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