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Grateful, Hopeful and Devoted

2012 April 25
by Jess

I get strangely anxious about races and long training runs. I know it’s normal to feel a bit of a flutter, but at times I can’t think straight or organize my race day plans because of all the anxious noise in my head. It’s actually why I didn’t write anything yesterday.

While at times I am fiercely focused and know exactly what I want, there are other times when I’m completely scattered. I’m hoping that through writing this, I’ll calm myself down and make a plan.

Runners are crazy. You know that, right? (just making sure)

Goals for Nashville:

#1) To run hard and without fear.

#2) To keep pushing when the going gets tough.

#3) To stay somewhat hydrated (it’s suppose to be H-O-T).

#4) To have fun

#5) To run with a grateful heart, a hopeful mind, and devoted legs.

And just like that writing out my goals gives me a feeling of centeredness and focus.

Do you write out your race day goals?


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  1. April 25, 2012

    Absolutely love #5! Go show ‘em who’s boss!

  2. April 25, 2012

    Great goals. I love them all. Good luck!! I’ll be there. Running the mini though since I’m a beginner. Hoping this race will motivate me to train for a half!

  3. April 25, 2012

    #4 is the one of the most important things that we runners can overlook! It’s supposed to be FUN! You’ll do great. Good luck this weekend!

  4. April 26, 2012

    Love the goals. I find helping to write out my goals helps me a lot. Good luck this weekend!!

  5. April 26, 2012

    I love this: “to run with a grateful heart, hopeful mind and devoted legs.” SUCH a great way of getting your head into the game — it’s not purely about numbers, but about how that run feels come race day. That’s exactly how I go into my races too, and precisely what keeps me calm and centered leading into race day and race day itself. You’re gonna kill it.

  6. April 26, 2012

    I happen to randomly be in nashville this weekend. I am going to try and watch as much of the race as possible, so I will look out for you! good luck

  7. April 27, 2012

    <3 this post!!
    GOOD LUCK this weekend, Jess!!!! Looking forward to hearing/reading about your race =) Stay hydrated and cool!!! =)

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