Yesterday I got stuck at the Apple store, and ended up being too late to join in the #BostonStrong run at Movin’ Shoes Encinitas. Instead, I ran 4 miles by myself, suffering from slight shin splints. So last night and today, I resorted to recovering via PRO Compression Socks! To bed. To work. But I swear I pulled down my pants, and I swear I’m not just a Smurf!
I just finished reading Why You Should Taper Before A Marathon and came across a few good tips for building confidence the week before a race. These include setting goals – amazing, ideal, and livable – that will make you feel accomplished, no matter what, when you cross that finish line. I usually don’t set specific goals ahead of time. I usually, like most people, just want to PR. But when the race begins and I realize I might not do as
unrealistically well as I want, I start the battle in my brain. So instead, I think I’ll try jotting some realistic goals out now to free my mind.
Set multiple time goals, separated by 5 to 15 minutes so you don’t feel like you leave empty-handed:
- Fantastic – new PR, below a 1:44
- Really good – new course PR, below a 1:46
- I can live with that – 1:48 to 1:52 (preferably not the latter, but who knows).
Set general goals (i.e. not walking, finishing strong, or simply enjoying yourself):
- Staying confident throughout the race
- Not completely dying after the hill
- Finishing strong with a sprint
Visualize the race and what you want to accomplish in each part:
- Start – start off comfortable and strong.
- Halfway point – pick up speed slightly, or maintain pace.
- Mile 12-12.75 – pick it up as much as I can.
- Mile 12.75-13.1 – give it all I’ve got. The last incline of the course with a downhill finish.
How do you set your race goals?
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