Photography: Jenna Mattox
This is a three part article about racing mentalities and positive approach.
Today’s post is:
Pre Race Thoughts: The Diverse approaches to racing, finding what works for you!
Coming up soon:
Start line and Mid- race focus: Focus on the process, stay engaged and don’t fixate on the result . We will also discuss fatigue as a mental struggle, not a physical one.
Post race feels: Appreciating progress and staying positive through the dark times.
Photo: Dustin Johnson Photography
Canadian Olympian and Saucony athlete, Nicole Sifuentes wrote a very valuable blog this indoor season about being satisfied with your performance. The natural instinct to never settle and feeling of discontent is common as we strive for those ultimate goals in our running careers. The mindset of ‘never being good enough’ can also leave you hard on yourself, dissatisfied and generally pretty negative.
Racing high off confidence and positive momentum has been known to fuel some amazing races. So as we roll into the depth of the outdoor season, remember to celebrate the mini victories along the way, each one a stepping stone to bigger goals. Give yourself credit for the major and the minor accomplishments throughout life. Whether you choose to credit yourself, your team or a higher force, you’ll feel a lot better knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be and on the right path to bigger things.
Hard working, smart training and talented Steeplechaser Mel Lawrence is off to a fabulous 2016 and here at Belle Lap we couldn’t be happier for her. Mel is not someone I know personally, but is someone I admire greatly. Her perseverance through injury and resilience through years of dedication and frustration were rewarded with a PR at the UW husky invite in February. Since then, Mel has opened up her season with an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the 3000m steeplechase, just over 5 seconds shy of the Rio Olympic Qualifying mark.
This is just the start of an incredible come-back for Mel Lawrence and we are really excited to have tracked down this Oiselle Project Little Wing athlete and asked her some Q’s. As excited as we all are for her year to come, Mel is just chilling, enjoying herself and doing her thing on the daily. She’s described by her assistant coach Daniel Goetz as easy-going, understatedly competitive and kind hearted. Sounds like someone we would all love to get to know!
Tessa Webb is a 15 year-old runner who can teach us all a thing or two about listening to your body. She’s from New Zealand and is wise beyond her years, destined for a great future both on and off the track with a smart head on her shoulders and supportive environment surrounding her.
Tessa submitted this amazing blog post sharing her experience through her running development. We are so grateful to have such a positive and valuable perspective up on Belle Lap and are thrilled to be able to learn from runners of all ages, experience levels, from all over the World.