I saw this tonight when a friend shared this on facebook and wanted to share it with you here as well. People often ask me, “Why do you do run these crazy long distances?” The quote below pretty much sums up my response.
Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being — a call that asks who they are…
– David Blaikie ultraRUNNING
“Even if you don’t feel confident, fake it. Time after time, I have seen a marginal runner act the role of confident competitor and eventually become one. “
Allan Lawrence, The Self-Coached Runner
This quote showed up in my e-mail box today from Runner’s World and it really spoke to me. I struggle with my confidence when racing sometimes. My training partner has said to me, “It’s what’s between your ears that matters more than anything on race day” and I think he’s got an excellent point.
If you show up at the starting line fully believing in yourself, you’re more likely to have a great race. When you arrive with doubt in your mind, it cripples your ability to do your best. So, I encourage you to choose to think and behave like a winner!
Practice visualizing things going your way on race day, review your training log to see that you have done the work and deserve a good race since you’re earned it!
Believe in yourself and let the hard work you’ve done in training do the rest!
It’s easy to get caught up in the competitive nature of racing and focus too much on reeling in runners along the course. Remember – the only person you are really competing with is YOU. Train smart. Race smart. And if you do things right and focus on smashing your old PR’s, chances are you’ll be reeling in quite a few runners along the way anyway! I’ll try and keep that in mind at my next race! 🙂