9.13.2013

8 Days Until the Maui Marathon!

Taper is more than halfway over. I am getting a bit antsy but fortunately I have plenty of work-related challenges and my desire to find more dairy free recipes (like this one) to keep me busy!

But not quite busy enough. I am still trying to chase doubts out of my mind and that can turn into restless nights of slumber. Two challenges I need to tackle immediately. I need my confidence and I need my sleep. What is the point of going to bed early if I spend half the night tossing and turning? Perhaps it is time to pick up some nice relaxing tea to enjoy at the end of my day.

Marathon anticipation still gets me to my core. Marathons are big. They take commitment and training. They take confidence to be able to go from start to finish - or at least the ability to overcome your mental denoms. It is time for me to really amp up my visualizations and positive affirmations. I have big goals/dreams and that is why I am overly anxious this go around.  Gone are the days where my goal was just to finish. That was back in 2011. Don't get me wrong, I had time dreams for that 2011 Maui Marathon too but I also knew, just finishing would set my first PR. And now, I need my goal. I am also smart and I know I need to set a tier of goals. I just haven't done it and there is no time like the present.

Marathon Day Goals:
  • My A+ Goal: To break a 4:20 marathon.
  • My A Goal: To PR. That means I must break my 4:33:28 time from the 2012 Honolulu Marathon
  • My A- Goal: To set a new course PR. That means I must break my 4:36:16 time from the 2012 Maui Marathon
  • My B Goal: To finish happy, strong, and ready to roll into training for the 2013 Honolulu Marathon on December 8th, in 85 days. 

There you go! Just like that I have goals. And you know what? I am feeling better already!

Seriously, before writing this post I didn't have any formally set goals. I hadn't thought it through. It is amazing how just writing them down, and perhaps telling the world, has the power to change your mindset from anxious to excited!

8 more days.

They are going to fly by!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that the proposal my co-worker and I were working on has been accepted!
Daily Affirmation: I am going to knock my socks off on September 22nd!

9 comments:

  1. Good luck from Chicago! And remember - your B goal is more than most people could ever dream of!! Have a great race!

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  2. Good luck! I like having goals for races because it really helps with motivation during training.

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  3. You don't need luck, you have your training, your experience, and your passion - that is plenty to carry you to your goals!

    I guess I should thank you in advance for giving me an idea for a post on MY marathon goals - I'll be sure to give you credit, too!

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  4. Chase away the doubts and try not to over think. The hay is in the barn. So excited for you!

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  5. Setting goals are a great way to chase away those doubts. Awesome goals!! I believe you can get that sub 4:20! If not, consider this a training marathon- do as many 9:55 miles as you can (had to look that up)!

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  6. Sounds like great goals to me!! Have fun and kick butt!! Can't wait to read all about it! I bet it's a gorgeous race!! Good luck! :)

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  7. I'm quite the opposite - goals stress me out so for my marathon I won't have any except to finish.

    Good luck with your race.

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  8. You will be amazing....enjoy these days.

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  9. Love the tiered goals - something I am always suggesting for my clients!

    Breathe, relax, and try not to think about "IT" too much - except for some visualization. That seems like an impossible order, but I found myself stressing a lot less when I just (as best I could) ignored the fact I was running a marathon in a week. "Just another long run...." Somehow, that did the most to help me stay calm.

    Good luck on your search for a few days of peace!

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