So last weekend I competed in the Blackmore’s half marathon and it was a lot of fun. I had a few clients on board for the adventure. Based on my training pace I was not expected to break any records. The day was perfect. I had family and friends out on the track and I felt really good. Race days are my favourite!
This was my first race in a long time without a running buddy. When I got about 4km into the run I was doing ok so I decided to chant 5.05 over and over in my head, thinking I would have a shot at that average. Ha Ha! No seriously that was my intention. I made sure I didn't look at my watch, I listened to no other runner chatting about times, pace, intervals etc. and when I passed a pace runner I was very careful not to look at the number on the flag. Over and over again I said in my head 5.05 – just that. I did think of a few friends I have struggling with health issues and I thought how lucky I was to be able to run regardless of how fast. Can you imagine how I felt when I crossed the finish line, stopped my watch and when I looked at my average it was 5.05 exactly!? I was blown away. I made sure I showed my friend Col because I thought no one would believe me unless someone else saw it.
This is not the only time this has happened, but it doesn't work unless I really believe it's possible. Also it is not always exactly what I think – sometimes it's a few seconds out, ha ha. So I challenge you to give it a go!