…until I am in my race gear and ready to run the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and snag me some more RunDisney bling.
I don’t think I have ever been so nervous about running a race…er races in my life. My horrible race performance (sleep deprived, sick, injured, under-trained…it was bad) at the 2013 Princess Half in Disney World, left me feeling a bit low and impacted my running confidence big time.
After that race, I did lots of thinking about my fitness regimen at the time–which included crossfit twice a week and then running three to four times a week. I loved crossfit–going balls to the wall and leaving everything you had on the floor of the box. And I loved the muscles–both mine and some of the attractive male participants. *wink*
Unlike a lot of fitness bloggers, however, the combination of running and crossfit didn’t work for me (NOTE: this is not a criticism of Crossfit–just a recap of my experience). I was always sore, tight and physically exhausted. Running became pure hell–a hell that I hadn’t even experienced when I first started running–when I weighed over 220lbs.
It became worse when I developed a meniscus tear about seven weeks before the Princess. My doctor recommended that I quit cross fit, run my race for pure joy (no time goals due to my injury) and then take a month off from impact sports to try and heal. I decided to take his advice–and fortunately it worked.
I started up again in mid-April and now, by the end of June, I’m already running at an 8:40ish pace for my long runs. My knees are no longer swollen and sore and I look forward to and enjoy my runs again (for the record, however, I do miss crossfit).
Now that my running legs are back, I have all of these nerves, excitement and a little bit (er …a LOT) of pressure (or expectation?) that DDD needs to go well–that I need to have a good race to make up for my lackluster Princess Half Performance.
I’m hoping that by setting the following three goals for each race that I help ensure my DDD experience is enjoyable and ensure that I have some sort of goal to aim for.
Dumbo Double Dare Challenge Goals:
1. Finish each race feeling like I did my very best.
2. Finish each race without stopping.
3. Finish the 10K in under an hour and the Half in 2 hours.
If anyone has any advice on how to get rid of race nerves or boost running confidence, please share it in the comments!