Race day is tomorrow. I’ve been training for nearly a year and the taper about killed me. Have I worked hard enough? Have I prepared well enough? What about that twinge in my knee/quad/butt/foot?
It’s the twinge in my head that I probably really need to worry about!
In today’s everybody-gets-a-participation-medal world, there’s been a lot of focus on self-esteem and confidence and the role that it plays in success. A big part of the froo-froo method of success is giving yourself positive affirmations. You know: looking in the mirror and telling yourself how great you are. There’s research to back up the fact that neuropathways in our brains actually undergo physical effects from doing self-affirmations.
I suppose after all those years of our parents trying to convince us that “the world doesn’t revolve around you,” a little affirmation is nice from time to time. That in mind, here is the affirmation that I have been reciting to myself in order to try and calm my nerves as I sit here, the day before the big race.
I am well trained.
I am fully equipped to do this.
I am strong.
I am fast.
I am healthy.
I have prepared.
I am ready.
I can do this.
I will do this.
I am brave.
Let’s go, bitches!