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Saturday, April 28, 2012

FOCUS; it's ESSENTIAL


"Mile eight, five more to go, oh mannn. I'm tired and have had enough" and down I go! Tripped over a root, landed on my right knee and both palms. Stunned, I quickly got up, continued to run knowing that I had to change my negative thinking and regain a positive focus.

We all loose focus sometime's, not only during races, but in life too. We get side tracked with negativity, pain, what others are doing, and what we wish we were doing. When we change our focus, our views of things change too, mine included.

Instead of thinking four more miles, ugh, I had changed my focus to "tomorrow at this time I won't be here. I need to enjoy this, as much as possible, be in the hear and now".
As an athlete, I always want to place in the top of my age group. At the same time, I have to remind myself that, this is a new challenge for me and all I need to do is my best. Granted my legs were having other ideas. "just walk" they were saying. However, the brain knew better, saying "if you walk, it will take you longer in addition to having the difficulty of running again".

Three miles to go, "I can do this". Two miles to go, "get serious" of course I had been. Last mile, "really can it be"? I heard the music, the announcer, then it got quite again...ugh "just keep running". But then the wooden bridge, people cheering, and the final hill. As I ran up the hill, another female was in my sights, "this is it, you have to do it". I had been giving it all I had for the full 13 miles, but I was going to finish as strong as I could. As I gained on her, she began to walk and I passed her and finished. I don't know what happened or why she decided to walk. I can only guess that she had lost her focus.

If you lose your focus, the important thing is that you regain it and continue on. With my new focus I finished the race in an 8th place for my age group and 30th overall female. I will have a stronger and positive focus for the next race, watch out!

See what you can do when you change your negative thoughts for a more positive focus.

CONGRATULATIONS to Julie Copley who finished 3rd in her age group 24th overall female, Zera Anderson who finished 5th in her age group and 25th overall female and to Katie Talik for going out there and getting it done! Lastly a great big THANKS to Ellen Rowe for not only volunteering on Saturday but taking 1st place in her age group during the trail marathon!!! Way to go Ellen.
Edie

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