Today is (most likely) going to be a rest day. Wahoo! Iâ€™m a week into â€˜officialâ€™ half marathon training and feeling so great about things. Iâ€™m really, really looking forward to the race, which I think the Husband and I are going to turn into an excuse to go on vacation (itâ€™s in Florida). Double wahoo!
Iâ€™ve decided to really give this race my all. Itâ€™s been a long time since I actively trained hard for a race. In fact, I think it was way back in September of 2011 when I did the Tri for Abbey Sprint Triathlon. I was most likely a day or two pregnant during this race â€“ of course, I didnâ€™t know that yet! But I did know that (hopefully) it was going to be my last hard race for a long time and, as a result, really gave it my all.
Iâ€™ve ran a half dozen or so races since that triathlon, but theyâ€™ve been for â€œfunâ€ or with the â€œI just want to finishâ€ goal in mind. This has been working well for meâ€¦ after all, Iâ€™m just now really getting back into post-baby shape. But the other day, I was on a run and was thinking about how I can spend that 45 minutes. I can do a slow, lazy job or I can put forth a little more effort.
And I think Iâ€™m ready to put that extra oomph back into my workouts.
Iâ€™ve been trying to pick up the speed, drop unnecessary walking breaks, and be more purposeful with my running. So far, so good. Iâ€™ve also been doing a fun visualization at the end of my runs. I really wanted to share this little trick with everyone because itâ€™s helping me sooooo much.
At the end of my runs, I try to pick up my speed. After all, if it was the race, I would be gunning towards the finish line, right? Not stopping to walk! To help me, I visualize what it will be like to finish strong at my half marathon. I imagine the cheering crowds, music blasting over loudspeakers, maybe seeing Kristien and Henry waving at me as I run past.
I also imagine a clock counting down the seconds to the two hour mark (a sub-two half would be incredible for me right now â€“ my personal record is 1:58:45). This really helps me pick it up and barrel towards my imaginary finish line, which is the end of the sidewalk at my street. Then I walk the rest of the walk home as a cool-down.
Thanks to this fun little visualization, I end up feeling like every run is an awesome race in which I crushed my goals. Not too shabby.
Do you visualize achieving goal while exercising? Anyone else shifting from the â€˜I just want to finishâ€™ mindset to the â€˜I want to kick buttâ€™ outlook?