Thursday, August 30, 2012

I'm not ready. Why should I even show up?

Say, for whatever reason, you're not exactly ready for the next race that you have. It could be due to personal problems or this little thing called life that rudely gets in the way of your training time. Don't just throw in the towel because you think its a lost cause; it's not.

Each race is a lesson for the next. If you view races this way it won't be such a hard pill to swallow if you don't PR.

  • Prepare for the race the same. Even though you know you're not entering the race with the most preparation, you should still prepare the same. Still hydrate beforehand with lots of water, bring your energy gels, and get a full nights rest. Be prepared to run as much as you can. You don't have to kill yourself to make up for lack of preparation! Maybe this should be the race where you don't care so much about time. Focus on your form, your breathing, or try interval running.
  • Don't give up before the start line. Bring a positive attitude. If you've given up before you even start the race could end up being pretty miserable. If you have an awful time, you may not want to bounce back racing anytime soon and this is not what we want! Do more than just "show up" to the start line. Just because it may not be your fastest race doesn't mean you can't run well and have a good time.
  • Have fun. Remember the time when it was just fun to get out there and run rather than staring at your watch the whole time? Just run without worry! Enjoy the race. Cheer others on. Listen to your favorite music. Make the race as enjoyable as possible!
  • Reflect on why your training didn't go as planned. Maybe you had a family emergency, a few stressful weeks at work or maybe you're just burnt out from running. Identify whatever the cause was and make your own person decision about how to move forward. Maybe you need a few weeks off from running or maybe you just need a kick in the butt to get back out there.
  • Make a realistic plan moving forward. Many people will take their frustrations out by punishing themselves or making unrealistic promises. I've heard it before, "I'm going to wake up every day at 4AM and run 10 miles and I'm not going to let myself go home until I reach the 10 miles. I swear it!" That's not realistic. There's nothing wrong with a little fuel to get you moving and motivated but your training shouldn't be punishment. Focus on just getting back out there!
  • Write down your plan. Write it down so that you can visually see it. Seeing it on paper puts it in a different perspective. Is it realistic to your lifestyle and capabilities? 
Don't have a plan? You can find different plans online that tailor to your goals, lifestyle, etc. or contact me and I'll point you in the right direction.

How do you go into a race you don't feel prepared for?

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it's great to remember that this is supposed to be fun. Right? Right! I have a hard time remembering that even when I'm prepared.


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