This past weekend I traveled to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby half marathon, and what a wonderful weekend for a race. I felt great, the weather was perfect and my husband and several awesome friends were there to share in the race day energy (and post race libations!)
I ran my best race ever this weekend, PR’ing in both my 10k and half times. The half was more than 15 minutes faster than my previous one in November. I was reflecting on this and what changed. They were both fairly flat courses and had similar temperatures. Truth be told, I was probably more trained for the other race than the one this weekend.
But then the difference occured to me: I wasn’t scared anymore. The half marathon was no longer some albatross that I approached with fear, it was just another challenge I knew I could tackle.
With that pushed aside I didn’t spend time reserving energy in the first few miles, I pushed myself through all of it and had one of the best races I could have hoped for.
Imagine what else we can accomplish when we abandon all fears and just give things our all!