Welcome to the new look of my blog, and thanks for reading! Now that this is up and running, I will update with more pics (I finally got instagram, although I am still trying to figure out how to use it. Can you email photos to yourself?) and goings-on of my life here in Michigan and with my team. I will also be adding some of my favorite products and frequent mantras. But I don’t want to do typical me and blog about a bunch of random stuff in one post and then not blog for 2 months so I am going to try to space it out a bit.
I have been spending the last 2 months training for Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. I have never run a XC race before, so I am pretty excited. To be honest, I was a little nervous about this and didn’t really want to go. Fear always lies in the unknown. But, my XC workouts have gone AWESOME and now I am pretty excited. I was putting the spikies in my very first pair of XC spikes (Brooks Mach 14) last night and it reminded me of sewing ribbons onto my pointe shoes many years ago. Fun times.
Oh man the last few races that I have really underperformed at. (2 10k’s 35:5x and 35:27) I feel like I am in really great shape but I think I let nerves get the best of me. I have been getting short of breath at the start line lately and my breathing gets so heavy, but in my workouts, I have been running relaxed and able to push through. I was talking to Coach and finally told him that I think my real underlying fear is getting kicked off of the team for running poorly at races. He assured me that will not happen and that I just need to go race for me and celebrate my hard work. The team is here for support, not added pressure. So that has been really helpful and has helped to put my nerves at ease. This weekend I am not even going to race with a watch. I am hoping it will be just the thing I need to get me out of my slump. I have *never* raced without a Garmin before. Time to let the OCD go and just have fun! I love running, and I really do love racing so developing a more relaxed but still focused mental state while racing is on my training list. Work in progress.