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it can be done.


Happy 1.11.11!  And, yes, I admit I scheduled this post to go up at 11:11.  I’m just that cool. 🙂

Breakfast this morning was quick and easy:  a bowl of Kashi Warm Cinnamon Oat cereal with almond milk.

I like to think of milk and cereal as the lazy girl’s breakfast.  I am 100% okay with that.

I have a confession:  as I look ahead to the National Half Marathon, I have these occasional freak out moments that I can’t do it, that I can’t run a strong race, that I can’t finish with results I’ll be happy with.

I know I finished a race longer than a half marathon.  I can do the distance.  What freaks me out is if I can do it well.  I got so burnt out on training for the River Bank Run that I kind of, well, stopped putting in the effort in the weeks leading up to the big day.  I didn’t train the way I should have.  I didn’t train for hills, even though I had heard there were some killer ones in the last half.  I didn’t do some of the long runs I should have done.

Running is just as mental as it is physical, and the mind games outnumbered me not only during training, but during the race itself.  There were moments I wanted to quit.  There were tears the last half of the race.  Tears because I was in so much pain physically, tears because I was frustrated things weren’t going the way I had hoped, tears because after the first 8 miles went so great, everything came crashing down around me in the last 7.5 miles.

Despite those moments of self doubt I’m having now, I have to believe in myself.  I have to know I can do it and do it well.  If I don’t believe that about myself, I’m setting myself up for disaster before I even get to the starting line.  I have to not only train, but train well.  I have to put in the effort and the time leading up to March 26.

If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.
Vince Lombardi

I am beyond excited to travel to Washington DC and run this race with so many great people from this blogging community.  I might freak out along the way, but I have to remember to keep going, to keep trying, and know that it can be done.  I may not be the first to cross the finish line, but that just means there will be friends waiting to cheer me on as I do.  Friends…please be there cheering me on, okay?  I’ll need your love and excitement and support.

National Half, you will not defeat me.  I’ll be ready for you, just you wait and see.

How do you overcome the mind games?

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  1. 01.11.11 1:49 pm

    Love this post, Mindy, because it’s honest and spot on. I am only in Week 2 of half marathon training, and I felt this way prepping to run 5 miles… I just keep telling myself that I will feel so great when I’ve accomplished whatever it is I set out to do, whether it’s a long run or a short run or the race.

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