Oh, race day. An entangled combination of excitement, nerves, and expectations. Racing is an opportunity to show off your preparation and push your body to new limits. However, breaking personal boundaries is never easy. So, race day is accompanied, for most of us, with doubts and anxiety. Here are our favorite stories providing race day wisdom to help you silence your inner critic and toe the line with confidence.
DO NOT OPEN UNTIL RACE DAY
One of the most intimidating aspects of racing, is embracing the great unknown. In this race day letter, Kara talks openly and honestly about pre-race emotions. We all have them, we all have to face them. Through this letter, Kara inspires us to leave the starting line ready to seize the moment.
LET'S REDEFINE SUCCESS AND FAILURE
Part of approaching a race with composure, is not placing excessive emphasis on a narrow view of your success, whether it’s a time or placement. Kelly Roberts explains her experience running the London Marathon, and her realization that success was not solely defined by her achieving her goal of getting a BQ. Instead, success is comprised of the time dedicated for preparation, approaching the starting line, and the choice to take a risk.
ON THE EVE OF BOSTON WITH BETH GILLESPIE
Mental preparation is the best defense you can practice prior to racing. Arming yourself with positive self-talk, will help you combat inevitable negative thoughts that will come your way during a race. Beth Gillespie talks about her mental preparation for Boston and how she planned to race with joy.
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