Boston Marathon Race Prep. Positive Self-Talk.
Less than one week. The hard work is complete. All that’s left to do now is to get to the starting line on Monday. I will run through my pre race rituals, laying out my outfit the night before after carefully affixing my bib number. I will lay out my shoes, my running fuel and I will sleep. In the morning I will quietly dress, careful not to wake sleepy eyed children and I will sneak out the door. I will make my way to the buses with throngs of other nervous and excited runners.
This run is for me. I will listen and relax and stick to my own plans for the morning. It will be hard to find quiet in the energy filled Athlete’s Village yet I will make my space to stretch my legs and close my eyes. I know the race course. This will be my 4th Boston Marathon. According to my Garmin during a marathon on average I complete somewhere around 37,000 steps so my feet will know these roads. 26.2 miles leading towards the finish line where you find your heart. The finish line where you feel intense joy and once where my heart and that of thousands of others was smashed into a million pieces.
I will focus on my run and only my run. The goal is to find that meditative state that comes with running early on in the run. This is one reason why I love it so much. I need to remind myself of the strength not only in my body but also what I have in my mind and my heart to accomplish my goals. I need to allow myself to feel the nervous and scared feelings but then to let them power me and not conquer me.
I will run each step with focus, with purpose and I will live the run. Taking each mile as it comes, I will run with ease or push and work through the pain and difficulty but I won’t let it beat me.
I will find just a little bit more when I think there is nothing left and I will let my legs fly down Boylston Street.
It’s time. Boston Marathon 2017
What is your current big goal. Do you ever give yourself a pep talk before a big race?