Thursday, December 1, 2011

Out With The Bad, In With The Good

Gambling anyone?
 Here's the plan:
  • Leave early in the morning tomorrow, hopefully don't get trapped by the snow in Flagstaff, arrive in Vegas and check in, shower and nap, GAMBLE, dinner and drinks with BFT, GAMBLE!
  • Sat: Possibly go watch Santa Run, hit the race expo, GAMBLE, dinner and drinks, GAMBLE!
  • Sun: Sleep in, GAMBLE, lunch and nap, GAMBLE, race, dinner and drinks, GAMBLE!
  • Mon: Pack, possibly GAMBLE, drive home and hope for no snow in Flagstaff, think about GAMBLING!

For just the second time over the last 5 weeks, I've actually felt like I can do this halfer and finish it feeling strong.  You may remember the first time I felt this good.  Well, today on the treadmill as I was running, I just felt IT!  You know that feeling?  IT felt so good.  I'm not sure where it came from or what it meant, but IT was amazing!  It's like something took over my body and I could picture myself running the streets of Vegas and seeing the lights and seeing the GF on the side of the road and running past groups and groups of people and then crossing the finish line beating last years time by 6 minutes!  Now, I'm not sure how much of this is true, but it felt fantastic!  Now, there's this thing about visualizing your run in a positive way and training your mind to keep out the negative thoughts, and this is what is happening!  My mind is taking over and I'm gonna kick some serious ass in this race.  Please note: My ass kicking is different from others' ass kicking!  I'm not worried about anybody else in this race, just me and my pace.  MY Race!

I think my body knew that this might just be my last run before the race.  I did a solid 3 miles and every bit of me felt great!  I even gave myself the "great" smile on the Daily Mile!  There was a girl on my machine when I got there, I was tired and wanted to sleep, I had so much stuff on my mind from work, I'm concerned about the weather, and I didn't even apply my vaseline and bandaids to the nipplage (new word) area.  A good run just wasn't in the cards today, but lo and was amazing!  I think my body knew that I needed to drown out those issues and just focus on my run.  I think know I'm ready for my race in 3 days!

The only thing I need to figure out is what to wear for the race!

Does your mind ever take over like this?

What do you tell yourself to help stay positive?



  1. Heck yeah you're gonna finish Vegas strong! I'm so happy you feel that way because that's more than half the battle.
    I am a huge believer in positive imagery and self-talk. It will take you far.
    Have a great weekend! Can't wait to hear all about it.

  2. Hahah...I love all your pre-race drinking and gambling!

    Have a fantastic race - way to be strong minded about it!! Can't wait to hear about the adventure upon your return. Finger's crossed for no snow in Flagstaff!