Be patient in your training. Build safely and slowly.
At the start line, before the gun goes off, tighten your laces then say a prayer.
Don’t pay attention to your time. Try your best and push yourself hard, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others.
High five all the little ones you pass along the course.
Cut corners, but still stay within the course. Be aggressive if you need to. Not doing this means additional unnecessary mileage (sometimes up to a half mile- that’s 4 or 5 minutes of your time.)
When times get hard, think of your babies. Your spouse. Your mom.
Don’t get upset about the 80 year-old that just passed you. Just make it your goal to be that cool when you’re their age.
If you need a distraction, look at the people around you. They have been doing the same thing you have been doing for the last four months. It wasn’t easy. Be proud of them.
Point to the volunteers holding the water cup you plan on taking. Thank them.
Remember the first time you went running and think of how far you’ve come.
When people tell you you’re “looking good!”- Smile.
Take in the scenery.
Run through any pain. Stopping will hurt worse than continuing to run.
If you’re wearing headphones, take them out for the last couple miles. Listen to the encouragement from the crowd.
Ignore anyone who says “You’re almost there!” You’re only almost there when you can see the finish line.
Dig really deep when you see the finish line and pick up your pace.
When your kids see your medal and ask if you won, say, “Yes! Because I finished.”
Let your heart race. Race with your heart.