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 will not easily forget. About a mile or so into the road race, I noticed that a police car was driving next to me. I didn’t think much about it at the time other than feeling slightly awkward running…

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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 the distance to get back in time. Filled with guilt for deliberately sabotaging my own plan, I contemplated turning around. I could just go home and run another day. That option sounded all too appealing but, I tried to…

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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 was feeling a little blue. I had spent months preparing for that race and I wasn’t sure how to proceed with my running once it was over. Although I was initially happy with my half-marathon results, a friend of…

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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 at a race recently. It was my first ever solo 5k and I was nervous. Every other race that I’d participated in, I had run with a friend or had family present to support me. This time was different;…

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Why I Run

Not too long ago, I thought that running was for other people, crazy people. Often, I would drive past a regular runner in our town and wonder about his motivation. Why did he leave the comfort of his home to run alongside our narrow roads? Why would anyone purposely choose to run? It boggled my mind! Fast forward to today. Now, I am that crazy person. I’m the one that is out there running in the cold and in the rain. I’m the one dodging vehicles and listening for…

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