I nearly forget to tell you â€“ I spontaneously signed up for a race! Itâ€™s a 4-miler (which Iâ€™ve never done) and is next Saturday.
Iâ€™ve been having trouble with my â€œrunning MOJOâ€ and, among other motivating tricks, I knew the best thing I could do for myself was sign up for a race!
Per my race-ready suggestions on the How To Get Your Game Face On post, I carefully studied the race map online, and I noticed several things.
First of all, Iâ€™m pretty sure the race starts at a slight up-hill, switches to a downhill (sweet), switches back to an uphill, and then finishes strong downhill. Awesome! Due to these conditions, my goal is to finish under 35:00 â€“ Iâ€™m going to try to run it fast!
Secondly, there is only ONE water stop â€“ FAIL. This means Iâ€™ll definitely be carrying my own water bottle on the course.
Check out my other race-related posts:
- Is it OK to Transfer a Bib Number? Or Bandit a Race?
- How to be the Worldâ€™s Best Spectator
- Running in Hot Weather
- How to Set Race Goals (and Not Drive Yourself Crazy)
- How to Get Over Workout Embarrassment
- How to Not Hate Your Long Workouts
- How I Recover Quickly
Time for breakfast!
I actually created this mix and stuck the whole thing in the fridge last night. My brother-in-law was sleeping on the couch, and I didnâ€™t want to disturb him.
Nothing like a cold bowl of yogurt + raw oatmeal on a hot day!
My mix contained:
- 1 serving Trader Joeâ€™s Honey Greek Yogurt
- Blackberries and blueberries
- TJâ€™s Sesame Honey Almonds (so good)
- 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
Gotta jet! Iâ€™ve got a lot of book-launch related tasks to wrap up, and then Iâ€™m going to try to squeeze in a run before I show Nick around town!
PS â€“ YES! The Operation Beautiful book drops on August 3. PLEASE pre-order your copy and help show the world how strong and big the movement to end negative self-talk is! Check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Indie Boundâ€¦ Itâ€™s less than $12 a book!
How do you prepare yourself for a race? Do you drive or run the course? Study the website? Scour the Internet for course reviews? Or do you like to show up and be surprised?