I remember the excitement of my first race. Heck, I STILL get excited!
I want to tell you some things I have learned along the way...
Be patient in your training. Build safely and slowly.
At the start line, before the gun goes off, tighten your laces then say a prayer.
Don’t pay attention to your time. Try your best and push yourself hard, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
High five all the little ones standing along the course, they have magic energy.
When times get hard, think of that person who means the most to you.
Don’t get upset about the 80 year-old that just passed you. Just make it your goal to be that cool when you’re their age.
If you need a distraction, look at the people around you. They have been doing the same thing you have been doing for the last four months. It wasn’t easy. Be proud of them. Be proud of yourself.
The volunteers holding the water cup, thank them.
Remember the first time you went running and think of how far you’ve come.
When people tell you you’re “looking good!”- Smile.
Take in all the scenery.
If you’re wearing headphones, take them out for the last couple miles. Listen to the encouragement from the crowd. It's amazing.
Ignore anyone who says “You’re almost there!” You’re only almost there when you can see the finish line.
Dig really deep when you see the finish line and pick up your pace.
When someone sees your medal and asks if you won, say, “Yes! Because I finished.”
Let your heart race. Race with your heart. Go get it!
Dream Big. Work Hard.