Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dear Brain,

Brain, don't you know by now? I'm ready for your games. I know how you operate the week before a race. These things you try to tell me, I don't even listen. We've been racing together for 4-1/2 years so I know what to expect. Go on, chatter away like you did during this morning's run, because what you say only fuels my determination.

This is just 10 seconds per mile under your marathon pace....not the snoozer you thought it would be! You're having to work, aren't you! You really gonna be able to hang for 26.2, tough girl?
  • Yep, not a problem. I've done the training, got the nutrition, I'm sleeping more, and resting this week. I feel good! I got it. It won't be easy, but I'll remember that I've earned those final tough miles! I have lots to draw on for inspiration to keep going.

Just because you could do all this long run stuff two weeks ago doesn't mean you still can. 
  • Yes it does. I like the expression I once heard too: "You can run twice as far as you think you can."
Maybe you'll want to pull up half way through the race and just sit down and quit. Have you thought about that? 
  • That's not an option! I know rough patches will come but I'm ready. Experience tells me to wait them out, they are just temporary. If things are not going according to plan, I will adapt, adjust, stay positive, and never back down.

This cool down pace is pretty nice. Maybe you'd rather settle into this and add 15 or 30 minutes onto your race time? Does that sound good?
  • That would get boring fast.

A little sniffly? Hope those allergies don't go full throttle on you.
  • I've run pretty well when I've felt sick, tired, stressed, and even hung over (once). I think often about pro triathlete Timothy O'Donnell quoting his coach, "You don't have to feel good to swim fast." Same with running.
I think we are done here.

I shared this mainly just to say if you get those race week doubts too, know that it's a totally normal and expected part of the process. Let them cycle through, ponder them momentarily, and release them. Keep perspective!