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Saturday
Feb192011

Thinking is believing

Before I travelled to Jacksonville to run the 26.2 With Donna, I made a real effort to think about my state of mind during the race, and visualize my experience. You don't even have to be familiar with the race route. Just knowing that part of the race would take place right on the beach was enough for me. What's better than visualizing a run on the beach; especially for someone from Canada!

I would often do this right after meditation. I would take a moment to feel myself running. I thought of how good I felt, and how comfortable I was with my pace. I visualized myself totally enjoying my race experience. I would do this at random times of the day.......always running on the beach, which is my favorite place to be.

When I arrived in Jacksonville, I made a point to actually do a tour of the race route. That was a plus on race day as well, because I took the time before I went to sleep the night before the race, and again on race morning, to visualize myself running along the route, and feeling good.

I can tell you it works! I have run four half marathons prior to this one, and I have always hit the wall. Usually around the twelve to fourteen km mark. I get emotional, I am crabby, and I have to walk a few moments to pull myself to the other side.

But not this time. My Jacksonville race proved to me that visualization is a powerful tool, and can make a big difference; not only during a race, but for training runs as well. I didn't hit the wall this time, and with the help of the fantastic race spectators, enjoyed every single minute of my journey!

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