I learned a lesson this year - not to run a race mardi gras weekend in PCB. My friends always throw an amazing party filled with booze, fab food, and wonderful friends. Well, talk about dedication, I left at one to head to Tallahassee for a half marathon on Sunday.
|My sister enjoying the crawfish!|
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Yeah - we don't fool around when it comes to good times in Panama City Beach.
Anyway - my friend Matt and I headed over to Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon. Checked into the hotel and went on quick run around FSU campus to stretch out our legs. Matt is a huge fan of the Olive Garden. So we picked up some dinner to go. Let me tell you my feelings about the 'OG' as we call it. It's gross. The service stinks. And the restaurant in general creeps me out. BUT I did have some ok grilled salmon with broccoli. No bread sticks for me!
Then we just laid around and watched Law and Order SVU (is it just me - or is that ALWAYS on?)
And I spent some quality time with my NormaTec Recovery Boots
We woke up the next morning - and I had a fantastic breakfast (ok - one of my normal go to breakfasts) of full fat plain Greek yogurt with frozen blueberries. I have found that fills me up and keeps my tummy happy before tough workout days. Oh yeah - and some coffee.
We headed down to the FSU circus (yes, they have an awesome circus program at FSU). The weather was perfect - 49 and just a tad of humidity. I typically stick with the 20 degree rule. When dressing for a run - I take the temp and add 20 degrees. Even though the start was chilly, I knew I would heat up by mile two. So I elected for shorts and a racing singlet.
Back to the race - this was just a random race that I signed up for last minute. My coach wants me to race as much as possible in order to improve my running (both physical and metal). We had a plan of 5, 5 and 5. The first Five miles at an 8:10 pace, the 2nd five at an 8 min pace and then the last 5K to give it my all. I was spot on for the first 9 (if not a little faster) then the mental battles begin.
The last four miles I dropped to about an 8:20 pace and ended up with a 1:47. My goal was to break 1:45, but I'm happy with my time (saying that I took two weeks off in December getting drunk and married!) But deep down, I know it was the mental struggle that held me back.
This is something that I have been struggling with for awhile. I mentally break down the last part of a race. I know I can do it, but I talk myself out of it. The little devil on my shoulder is saying 'You are almost there - just back off and enjoy the ride'. When I want it to say 'MAKE THIS RACE YOUR BITCH AND RUN LIKE A MOTHER F*CKER!'
So I'm hoping that I'll be able to kick that pussy off of my shoulder and bring out the competitive bitch (which I know I have) out in full force. My coach gave me a book called Magical Running: A Unique Path to Running Fulfillment (seriously, It's called that) which is filled with fantastic info. I'm excited to apply the message this book gives to my running!
Oh yeah - and Matt KILLED IT with 1:20!
So - do you deal with mental struggles at the end of a race? If so, how do you overcome them? What pointers can you share?