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Mentally Preparing for the Race

Running on my Mind

This upcoming Half-Marathon on Sunday is going to HURT! With our recent move, a changing work schedule, and two little munchkins that consistently need attention, it has been very difficult to squeeze in a run or two. I know I shouldn’t be making any excuses, but that’s life and I have to role with it. I just have to motivate myself to wake up a little earlier and run in the early AM. I have to make time.

Running on my Mind

Mentally preparing for a run

It’s Time to ROCK & ROLL!

I am still determined to finish the Los Angeles Rock & Roll Half-Marathon, just not as fast as I would like to. I am also hoping to stay injury-free. My friend that I signed up with is getting over a cold and he hasn’t been able to train either. So we will be the two dudes limping to the finish line!! Regardless on how we finish, we are determined to run it and get that medal. The medal is all the motivation I need and I am hoping the adrenaline of the race will carry me to the finish line. I just have to tuck my head down, swing my arms and put one foot in front of the other until I see the finish line!

Someone told me that a Half-Marathon is basically two races combined into one. It is a 10 mile race + a 5K race. My plan is to take it easy on the 10 mile part, and finish strong during the last 5K. We shall see how this plan holds up, especially since I haven’t been running.

…The 80:20 Rule Applied to Running…

Running is 80 percent mental, and 20 percent physical. I’m just trying to psych myself out before the race. If I visualize the finish line, maybe my mind can trick my body into running and not shut down.

Are you preparing for any races this weekend? If so, post it on the comments below and get recognized for your hard work and training! Good luck to you all!

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  • Mark Gabot October 24, 2012, 9:24 am

    1. Take each mile at a time.
    2. Pick small goals during a race.
    3. Find a bloke in the race that matches your pace and keep up with him/her.
    4. I usually cut my races into thirds mentally. First third is getting my running legs. Second third is usually where races have hills so my leg turnover increases with shorter strides. Last part is where I can increase my pace.
    5. Have fun! Live in the moment. Cheer on those that pass you and those that you pass up.

    • Ron October 24, 2012, 10:50 pm

      Great advice Mark! I am liking #3 in particular! That’s why I have my buddy running with me! We have the same athletic talents haha!!

  • My New Interests October 24, 2012, 11:04 am

    Um, a race is more like 99% physical , and 1% why are all these people chasing me?
    Good luck! I’m rooting for a good strong finish and no injuries for you or your bud!

    • Ron October 24, 2012, 10:52 pm

      Thanks Beth! I am hoping to be injury free also! Since we will be a little dehydrated after the race, do you wanna practice placing IV’s? On my buddy of course!!

  • nursefrugal November 16, 2012, 9:43 pm

    so…….how did it go? This running business is definitely addicting! I can see how once half-marathon can lead to 10. The only bummer is that they are soooooooooooo expensive!!!! I mean…..I feel like I want to pirate some of them but I know it’s not the right thing to do ;(

    • Ron November 18, 2012, 9:18 am

      The Half-Marathon went better than I expected. I finished with a time of 2:26. My friend’s knee gave out on him on mile 9 and we walk/ran the rest of the way. It’s a very addicting sport, especially when you start to accumulate those medals! All you really need to spend on the sport is a good pair of shoes, a couple running outfits and the entrance fees. You can definitely do this sport on a budget!

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