I have been training for Fall races, both alone and with my run group, and my original thinking was to be faster and “better.” Faster because that’s what runners do, right? And better because somewhere along the way I have been thinking that who and what Rachee is needs to be more.
When I signed up for the virtual DC Superman Run, my intention for the race was to see how fast I could run a mile. You know the the whole deal with Superman…faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, etc. I wanted to prove that Rachee is fast and fast equals better than where she was this time last year. But, my runs times became a little longer and a little slower and suddenly the need for speed became a moot point. It seemed I was so focused on fast that I forgot all of the things I love about running: the feeling of accomplishment when I actually completed a run. The camaraderie with my run groups. Exploring the city. Getting out of my comfort zone and doing a thing that I had never envisioned me doing.
So I slowed my roll and adjusted my thinking. My Superman Run was no longer “how fast” but more of “who do I need to support” while running and how do I let go of the negative thoughts holding me back during my run. Why do I give those thoughts so much power? No one cares how fast, my body shape, my monthly goal. We were enjoying the process.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to set goals but when the goal becomes a negative and impacts all of the good, in this case making running suck, it’s time to step back and re-evaluate. And that’s what I did. Instead of thinking faster, faster I thought be in the run and enjoy the run and I did.
Pacing with friends: recommend. My run group encouraged me not just for the run but for some other issues that we chatted about during the run.
Fire up some tunes: Yes! There is nothing like an upbeat tune to get through those walls.
The right outfit: Race day is not the time for something new. It is the absolute worst trying to discreetly adjust your clothes while in motion.
Have fun! Yes, it’s a race but smile and enjoy the moment.
That got deep but I regret nothing and I have lovely bling to go with it.
Race well friends and see you on the trail.