I have been self reflecting on my career recently and since writing this three part article I have been focusing on my good races vs. my bad ones. I was able to extract some aspects that really set the great days apart.
When I was healthy and my body allowed me to compete frequently, I would pride myself on being a great racer. That was ‘my thing’, one of my biggest strengths. I believed I could out-run and out-smart any of my competitors. I knew in the 2010 NCAA 1500m final that I wasn’t in my best shape (I was much fitter indoors and was still recovering from taking some time off with a calf injury when outdoors rolled around).
On paper and in that current form, I wasn’t meant to win that race. I had to train through the regional meet to be ready and I wasn’t sure what shape that was going to leave me in. I won because I raced well, I didn’t give in to the pain and I put myself in the right place at the right time. I was stubborn, competitive and on the start line I can vividly remember the burning entitlement in my heart pressuring myself to beat the gals standing next to me…
That confidence came from training, racing and my coach’s belief in me.
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.
Erin gives us her top 5 strength tips designed for distance runners!
Working on your strength foundations can help with efficient biomechanics, durability and injury prevention. There are lots of areas to work on but it’s always good to start with your trunk and hips. They stabilize the whole body and can make a huge difference to your performance.
Stephanie was a very successful D1 Villanova athlete and is now learning the ropes on the pro circuit. In the fall she joined the Hoka One One team and now trains with NJNY Track Club, one of her teammates being her sister, Nicole Tully.
Belle Lap catches up with Steph to get to know her a little better and find out her approach to the new training set up, new coach and new goals.
Photograph: Jen Castillo
I ask a lot from the Belle Lap pro athlete contributors. I’m asking them to share their journey, the highs and lows of their experiences and the personal emotion that comes with it, so I decided it’s my turn to share.
Racing season is here… The awesome Aisha dishes some tips on how she prepares for her best results…
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