- In 2012, I worked to improve my 2011 times (that didn't happen)
- In 2013, I worked to improve my times and of course, that didn't happen and I was injured for 3 of those 12 months.
- In 2014, I am still working to improve my times (and achieving my goals) but most importantly my eyes are on BQing for 2016.
Early on in my racing career, I knew I needed to race more to get use to the vibe of a race and calm my nerves. That I did. I raced a lot in 2011 and in 2012. No regrets at all.
If I have a big race coming up, you might find me at a 5k or 10k to work off the nerves.
I also use races to test out my legs, gear and fueling. If I am far enough out, I can increase my mileage or workouts. If I am not far enough out from a race, I can use the other race as a gauge on what to expect.
Are you seeing a pattern? I use races to help me mentally, not so much physically. Example, OC Half. I did not run that all out (even though I PR'd) it was more of a mental race & training run. As I call it, "a good tempo run".
I have very few RACES on my schedule for 2014. Hollywood Half was one of them. I raced that and it showed. I am deciding what will be a RACE for me this year, if any.
|Hollywood Half Finish Line - 2014|
The next time you see me at a race, most likely it's a training run to calm my nerves and test out the legs. As I tell others, my races are often training runs that I get some bling out of it and meet up with some friends. It's a win-win for me.
You will know when I am racing, but for now - they are training runs and helps me break up my routine. I love running and I love racing, this serves both purposes. Every training run and race I
Running races (notice I didn't say racing races) are a part of that plan.
How do you offset race day anxiety? I would love to hear your story.
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