Friday, March 11, 2011

Staying Positive

Surprisingly with tomorrow being race day I am not stressing out, I don't have butterflies I am not obsessively going over what I need to bring (yet) I am just relaxing and enjoying this beautiful sunny day. I am calm which is a surprise....does this mean something is off? Should I be concerned?

Nope I am not off, my body feels good not great but good. Over the past 2 weeks I have been seeing Lily from Massage by Lily and she has been working on my trouble areas. Notice the plural for areas. It is not just one area but a few. My rib injury appears to have returned. Not good, but the good news is when I noticed it a month go I decreased by training miles and focused on quality over quantity and I allowed my body to rest. Huge change for me! Maybe I am learning.

Anyways, she has been working on me and getting me physically ready for tomorrows Way Too Cool 50k. It has been a painful process and a few tears were had by me on the table with the occasional reflex to hit and the begging to please stop. But it has helped and I am grateful for all the she has done for me.

I am excited as this is the first race for me this year. I am excited to see how my body will do as I know the training miles are there. I am excited for my fellow group members and the Fleet Feet Ultra Racing Team. I wish everyone a good strong race.

I have also been working on the mental aspect of running an ultra. I have been focusing on positive thoughts, mental imagery, seeing myself climb those hill overcoming and proper fueling and hydrating during the race. I keep replaying my past training runs and how my body had felt and what I can do differently, I have been reading my past race reports and learning from them. Ok so maybe I am obsessing a little bit, but that is better then thinking negative thoughts. Staying positive will go a long ways on the trail tomorrow.

This week has been a bit stressful at work. I had to make the announcement to my overnight team that we will be going to a day side process in a little under 8 weeks. Which means the process starts at 4am and I will have to be there at 3:30 am. I am having mixed feelings on this change, but that is with any change. I like routine and this will completely through me for a loop. But I am trying to remain positive and keep a smile on my face as I share the information with my team. How does this effect me you might be thinking? Will, like I said I will be reporting to work at 3:30 am. I will also be working 5 days now instead of 4 nights and I will be going on a weekend rotation. With every other weekend off. Change, Change, Change! That is what this year is looking like. So maybe that is why I have been putting in the extra energy into Saturday's race and I am ok with that. I guess I should keep telling myself if I can run 50 miles then I survive this change. I just wonder how that will effect my work, life, balance. I guess only time will tell.

Here is to the first race of the season, keeping positive thoughts and to remember just keep running forward! Have a great day everyone and good luck to all the participants of the Way Too Cool 50k and on Sunday the Shamrockin half marathon! Enjoy the trails!


  1. My thoughts and energy and heart are with you tomorrow. Just hear my voice in your head. You can do it. Your speed. Your pace. Your race. The goal is to have fun and smile.
    Nothing can stop you. I wish I could be there to see you cross that finish line. I can't wait to hear all about it.
    PS: Nice logos on your blog! I need Lily to hook me up with one of those! :)

  2. Go get 'em girl! Have a great time. ;)