Only positive thoughts

Well the race is over and I PR’d by 5 seconds, finishing in 23:13.  Now I want to be able to run a 5K in under 23 minutes!  I know it can happen; I just have to train harder (or just train in general). 

Yesterday’s course was a flat and fast 3 mile loop around the lake in Wakefield.  The weather was perfect for running (sunny and 40 degrees) and my body felt great.   I loaded up on sports beans 30 minutes before the start and was ready to go!

I also gave myself a little pep talk and promised I would only think positive thoughts during the race…..   “I will not think about my legs being tired, or how I can’t breathe, or the fact that I’m so out of breath I might puke.  And if those thoughts enter my mind then I’ll quickly change them into a positive.  YOU’VE GOT THIS!!” 

I really think this helped with running my fastest 5K.  I know your thoughts control your body so I’m not sure why I always let negative thoughts enter my head while running?!  I ran a strong race and even had negative splits of 7:37, 7:24, and 7:10. 😀

Here’s some things I think about during a race or tough workout when I start getting tired:

1) When my legs get tired, I start concentrating on my arms and pumping them faster….. “You only run as fast as your arms move”

2) This is a RACE, I’m not supposed to feel comfortable.

3) The faster I run, the sooner I’m done (and can drink water) 

4) No regrets!!!

5) I feel good, I feel strong.

6) Or I think about all my favorite crazy fast running bloggers and how they give it their all while racing!  To be like them, I have to race like them!

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After the race, I headed home to devour a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich from PS Coffee (hands down; best post race meal) and quickly got ready for my friends baby-shower and then a birthday party out on the town!  Busy Saturday!

What do you do when you start getting tired during a race or hard workout?? 

I could use some more idea’s and mantra’s to add to my list! Thanks!

Road Races Rock!

This morning I ran the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure in South Boston.  It was a really fun & festive event with around 7,000 runners/walkers.  I ran on my friend’s team “Tutu’s For Tata’s” and was able to get all dolled up in a lovely pink tutu and accesories.

Wearing the tutu actually helped me out and gave runners/spectators a reason to cheer me on!  Sweeeeeet!  The excitement put a little spunk in my step and motivated me to pick up my speed.  I felt great while running and thought I might PR but I finished in 23:18 and TIED my PR!?  I’m a little upset I didn’t run faster than a 7:31 pace but I guess it just means I need to incorporate more speed workouts before my next race.

After the race, a couple of us walked to my place and enjoyed fresh fruit salad, fruit dip, bagels, and some cocktails. 😀

We brought the food and drinks up to the roof deck and soaked in the awesome Fall weather… 😀

Since my next race isn’t until Thanksgiving, I’m thinking of finding 1 more race for this fall.  Maybe the Devil’s Chase 6.66 Miler in Salem next weekend?  Or maybe the Doggy 5K around Castle Island?  Races down the street are always appealing, especially when the money goes towards animal rescue leagues!

Have you guys run either of these races?  Do you have a favorite race coming up? 🙂