Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Channeling My Inner Superwoman

I did an easy speed work day 1 mile warm up followed by 6 x 400m sprints and a 1.3 mile cool down. The sprints felt great.  The sprints felt so good.  It made me realize I have mostly been doing 800s for speed work this summer and I love 400s.  I have missed them.   The rest of the week is going to be even easier :) 

Now is when the self doubt is starting to creep in.  Did I do enough?  Did I train hard enough, put in enough miles, get in all the key workouts?  5 days to go until the half marathon I have been waiting all year to do.  I just hope I am not putting my expectations to high.  I really want to get under 1:40. I know I can do it.  I ran a 1:40:51 on a hilly course in the heat of summer.  This is a downhill, flat course with expected cooler temps.  I just need to channel my inner Superwoman and be confident that I have done the speed work,  and I have done the long runs.  I AM READY.  I can do this.   I need to focus on the feelings I have had in other races this year where I felt confident and invincible. I need to erase the self doubt and concentrate on strategy that worked in the last half marathon I did.  If I do not PR it is not the end of the world I know this.  There will be other races and other days but this is the last half marathon I have on the schedule this year and I really want to smash it.  

Thanks to my daughter for letting me borrow her cape.  
 I do believe in my abilties and just have to trust in my body that it will be performing its best. I have done my training, I am amazing and I know I can do this.  I know some days the energy is there and others it is not.  I don't want to sound negative, but I do know that sometimes when I race my body feels on top of the world and other times I feel like I am fighting for every step. Even though I still do great it feels harder on some days than others.  Mentally I am going to believe it is going to be a Superwoman kind of day and if it isn't I will deal with that later. 

I will employ the same strategy I did in the last two half marathons of starting out slightly slower than goal pace and picking it up as I go.  I will hydrate well and use my energy gels at miles 5 and 10.  I will pee eight times before the start of the race and I will try to take time to enjoy the moment. I will remember I am strong, amazing, and love what I am doing. 

I also found a great article at  runningtimes.com about pre race jitters and two of the points discussed hit the nail on the head for me so I am going to share them with you the rest of the article can be found HERE
 I highlighted the parts that really spoke to me. I do recommend reading the rest of it too. 


It's the week of our race, and the realization hits: Everything I've done to prepare for this race is wrong!

We're convinced we should have run more distance. Or more intervals. Or a long tempo run. Or hills. Or rested more. Or something. Anything!

Relax. Workouts overlap in their training effect. Mile repeats will tap the same muscles and energy systems as a tempo run. Hill repeats will buoy your "speed" every bit as well as a good set of quarters. And a long run with hills will work just about everything. So even if your training wasn't perfect, chances are good that you're fit to race.

Recently, a runner I coach phoned me three days before a half marathon. He was concerned that he'd run less volume and shorter tempos than some of his friends. I told him what I always tell my athletes: The training we scheduled was the training you needed. He calmed down. And then he set a PR by 11 minutes.


The race is almost upon us, and we doubt our fitness. The answer seems clear: Run a time trial or all-out interval session to test our conditioning.

Stop. Do not pass go. Testing our race readiness will not improve our fitness, but it will deplete the resources we have available for the actual race.

This is the difference between a race and a workout: A race is a 100 percent effort, and a workout is not. As far as our bodies are concerned, a 100 percent effort during a time trial or workout is a race. It results in the same energy depletion, muscle inflammation, and psychological fatigue.

Trust the fitness you have. Don't waste it on a workout. 

Did I mention the sky looked amazing this morning when I was out running.  I love when the sun's rays of light shine through the clouds like fingers of love reaching out and embracing the earth.  It always feels like a special moment to me, like a blessing or something.  Hard to describe.  (Did I make you puke a little bit in the back of your mouth just now?  Sometimes I am like that :)

Last day to enter the RelaxReflect giveaway HERE and two days left for the Aspaeris pivot shorts giveaway HERE.  Good luck!

How do you channel your inner Superwoman and deal with pre race doubts and jitters?


  1. THANK YOU! I really needed this (as you'll see tomorrow on my blog) This month I am the queen of second-guessing. I wish my brain had a mute button...

    you're so gonna rock your race! I can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. You've totally got this!!! And you've kind of made me want to run sprints today...weird.

  3. So nice to see someone else brave enough to run in a cape! :)

    Will you race in it too? I bet that you will get that PR if you do!

  4. You are going to be amazing!! Can't wait to here your time. Love the cape, too. It made me smile :)

    april@Party of Five

  5. You shouldn't worry at all about the half marathon, you will PR for sure - only question is by how much, haha

    That picture of the sky is indeed amazing! It reminds me a lot of Fast Cory's pics...

  6. I totally agree with the tips from the article. You definitely need to trust in your training, relax and remember you are strong, you are confident, and you are fast!

    I have no doubt you will set a PR because I know for a fact that you have it in you. :)

  7. I totally understand what your a saying, but I totally know you will set that PR!

  8. That article is one that should circulate regularly!
    Love love love the pink cape, SuperChristy! You are so clever and creative. I bet your kids think you are the neatest Mom EVER!

  9. You are ready!! You can totally do it!

  10. Girl you've got a sub 1:40 in you FOR SURE!!! Don't doubt, believe. You have been working your tushie off and you are super woman and are capable of well beyond what you could ever imagine.

    All the work you did will pay off, you just gotta believe.

  11. The only way that I would be able to calm down pre race jitters is to not expect much and to expect that I will do my worst. Easier said than done since I know I am trying to fool myself and set a PR.

  12. We are in the same place! Thanks for sharing the RT article--just what I need, especially the first tip you included. I'm going to go read the whole thing now.

    You WILL get that PR in your race.

  13. I NEEDED this article. I'm hunting a marathon PR in a few days and am slightly freaked out. These are some great ideas. Thank you!!!

  14. Love the photo of you in the cape--how cool! Such great reminders, thank you!

  15. THANK YOU for this. i'm running my first half this weekend and am getting super nervous.

    and you are totally gonna PR, can't wait to read all about it!

  16. Just do your best and forget the rest!!! You will do great! You have done your training!!!

  17. You are going to do so awesome!! :D

  18. I just love all your pictures that you post! So pretty!!

    And you've trained great! Don't worry be happy!

  19. You will do amazing!! Do not have any self-doubt...you are strong both mentally and physically and you can do this! Many thanks to you (and your sister) for inspiring me to get off my dead butt and get moving...someday I would like to attempt a half...Good Luck Sunday you are going to do great!!

  20. Love the tip about leaving the race in the workout. I am notorious for that. Thanks for sharing. Love the photo with the cape. May need to find one of those for our Halloween race.

  21. Cool cape! ...AND that sky picture - WOW!. I love pictures of the sun shining down through the clouds.

  22. I think doubt may be part of the training process. You have prepared and you are ready! Go get 'em.

  23. You are going to rock the crap out of this race!

    I'm 2 months out, but I'm already second guessing my training for my 50 mile race, mostly because that is an insane distance to run. :)


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