Maybe a better way to think about it is to accept the race, bask in the glory of the race, take it for what it was good or bad and look for ways to do better next time. There are factors that are out of our control like the weather, but I can control my mental game and racing strategy.
I was thinking last night about how much stronger I am mentally while racing than I was in high school. I did cross country in high school and was okay but not really stellar. I do remember that while racing I always went out way too fast and then spent the last half of the race struggling. When I was tired sometimes I would just walk, big hills - hated them! Now when I am tired I pull out a mantra, I dig deep, I focus on my breathing and keep putting one foot in front of the other till I get across the finish line.
I have pushed myself this year to a level I didn't think I was capable of. I always kind of figured that a 7 minute mile for a 5k was my limit. I knew the McMillan calculator said I could pull off a half marathon below 1:40 but I wasn't really sure I could. I always kind of figured myself a sprinter of short distances not really a half marathon kind of girl. This year I exceeded my expectations at every distance I ran which leaves me wondering again like I was at this time last year.
What more can I do.
How much harder can I push my body.
What are my limits?
How much faster can I really push these races?
The answers I don't know. But I really hope to find out.
I do know that I am not going to think that I have limits, I am going to aim to break my barriers and get new PRs. It won't be the end of the world if I do not, but pushing for them gives me motivation. :)
Some great quotes
"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
"Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself."-John Bingham, running speaker and writer
"Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'."
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner
Do you have barriers you have pushed past that you previously didn't think you were capable of?
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