I did it!! My First Half Marathon
Where: Germantown, TN
When: March 17, 7:30
Temperature: 52 degrees at start time and overcast skies
In elementary school, my first coach always said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”
If you don’t think grown-ups, teachers, coaches, parents don’t have an impact on children, think again. I was in sixth grade and I have never forgotten her words. I have used them as my mantra* many times in different circumstances and while running throughout my life.
If you’re unfamiliar with mantras, it’s a word or phrase that you repeat over and over again to motivate or push you through something. (Click the word to see the official definition.) In athletes, it’s a motivational phrase that pumps you up and keeps you going when you want to die stop. Like:
Winners never quit…winners never quit…winners never quit
and sometimes I just say
step step step step don’t stop… dont’ stop…step step step step don’t stop…don’t stop
What it does for me is take my mind off whatever’s hurting or making me want to stop.
In addition to mantras, below are some things that got me through.
|Love some Mizunos!
I’d rather have Mizunos than Manolos!
I have a narrow foot. Mizunos fit me perfectly. I wear the Wave Creation…I think I have every one of them. (They number the new ones each year like Wave Creation 11, Wave Creation 12, etc) Just a note, they run half a size small. Trust!
For more tips on shoes read this!
|For a little protein, I ate a Luna bar 2 hours before race time.|
(Sorry I forgot to take a picture.)
|These are fantastic! Taste just like jelly beans except with caffeine, carbs, electrolytes & vitamins B & C.|
I drank, took, shot (whatever it is you do to it), consumed one at mile 8 and one at mile 11.
and either held or put my phone in my sports bra.
Yeah, whatever, it stayed put.
|Right after the race! I was so happy!|