I have worked my way back into running now I am dealing with Race Anxiety! haha! I am just over 4 weeks away from my half marathon and it is all starting to sink in. So now I wonder…what goals shall I take to this?
I know I can finish so to make a just finish goal isn’t really appropriate. But how well I can finish and PR (which I have already publicly stated) are now the question. Lucky for me I have a couple more tempo runs and the Kal-Haven Relay to factor in.
At Kal-Haven I am running an 8 mile leg, pretty good distance to get an idea of what I can hold onto for a half right? I hope so. I am driving everyone around me nuts worrying about this. I am so excited to race again I don’t want to have this race blow up in my face. 🙂 I want to be able to do things I haven’t successfully done in a race before.
|I can be my own worst enemy at times|
I have never run the race, I let the race run me. I go into a race well trained but don’t use it to its full potential. I run safely. Don’t leave it all out there. So I want to do that…but will I push too hard? I hope not. Racing strategy has never been a part of the game for me so now I am looking for advice and working on listening to my body more. What does it feel like to truly be tired after a race? I run hard but still have a lot left in the tank.
|I’m not gifted but I don’t give my best 😦|
I am fueling differently. I used to obsess over fueling, every 3 miles or every so many minutes, I was trying to put something in my system. I haven’t even worked on my fueling yet for this race. I have only consumed water before and after my runs, except this Saturday I drank maybe 4 oz of water during our 9 miles. My pre-run meals have all been different also. I am trying to let my body just do its thing, not force it to work solely on certain food/drink/fuel. It feels good. Not worrying while I run. I like it and it is very freeing. I know when I start marathon training this will change but hopefully I will have found something other than GU that sits with me. GU works great during the run but I always feel gross afterward, like it just sits in my gut. I am looking at possible real foods or drinkable fuel.
Run off of feel, not my Garmin. This is a big one for me. I know that I am not the only one either. This comes with goals to run xx:xx I have to run xx:xx pace. Looking at my Garmin was a huge habit. It didn’t matter what I was doing, speed work, tempo, easy, long, just for fun….I would look at it like there was some magic power inside it. But, how do I run off of feel down a mountain? Practice, I would assume, but listening to my body isn’t as easy for me as I would think it should be. I have been doing a much better job at NOT looking at it while I run. I listen for the beeps and check each mile where I am at and adjust at that time. Not the whole time I am running.
I have spent many hours thinking about what I want out of my Half. Ultimately, I feel that if I do these few things I can easily let myself relax and focus on each mile as it comes. Listen to my body, fuel when I need too and run the race. Trusting my training isn’t an issue, I know I will be prepared. I have to trust my body to follow through. 🙂 I am using Kal-Haven as a dress rehearsal. No it isn’t all downhill but, It will give me an idea of what pace I am comfortable at, if my new fueling works well and to see how long I can keep my eyes off my wrist!
Tonight I have a tempo run….that should also help guide me in the right direction….right?
Do you get anxiety when you haven’t raced in a long time?