So it has been 3 days since I bumped my head and self-diagnosed myself with a concussion. Good news is I am pretty much feeling back to my usual crazy self and think that life can now resume as usual.
I have had to make a few adjustments to my workouts this week so my brain could have some healing time, but have still managed to get in some miles. Running while your state of mind is foggy, your head is pounding so badly that it is causing body aches, you have no appetite and therefore no energy, and you feel like you are floating outside of your body isn't ever a good idea. So I had to drop one of my workouts this week but I have a tentative tempo tomorrow. Hopefully all goes well and my body will comply.
The past few days I have been trying to mentally prepare for my half marathon coming up on September 5th. Lately my racing state of mind has changed a bit due to the crazy busy summer I have been having and I have kind of lost my mental edge that I worked so hard building earlier this year. With a to-do list a mile long greeting me every morning, my runs have become a tasks that I am completing in order to move on to the next leaving my mind sometimes astray for my workouts.
So earlier in the week I started jotting down positive thoughts on post-its to surround myself with positive energy.
They started in my running log. But then I remembered that I usually open that only once or twice a week to make quick notes, so they then grew to the computer screen. Now my husbands computer is covered in a crazy woman's rantings on purple post-its.
I've mentioned before how I prepare for races; visualization, confidence, mantras, reminders of why I run. Now apparently I stick post-its all over my home.
I think that there is an amazing power in positivity, and once you feel it inside you it can pump through your veins and provide you the fuel to conquer anything. But sometimes I eat myself ALIVE mentally, and race mornings have always been a struggle for me. This year I have worked on appreciating that I have the ability to run and acknowledging that I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL EVER HOLD ME BACK. With about 10 days to go until my half marathon I need to get my head out of my a$$, which is where it has been all summer, and remind myself that a sub 1:30 is in the bag...hopefully.
How do you prepare mentally for your races?