Sunday, September 5, 2010

Superior Attitude

Next Saturday, the 11th, I will be attempting the Superior 50 trail race and I have been more than a bit worried as my training hasn't been great but it has been good enough, the big issue is probably between my ears, you know those negative thoughts. Well over the last few weeks I have been working on my attitude, trying to move in those positive thoughts and let those bad ones go away, you know things like "if you think you can, then you can". I know that if I go in thinking I can't then I won't make it. I will let pain or a bad spell take me out.

Well, my last few runs have felt much better and they are helping me get everything back into perspective. Granted the last few runs have been shorter but it has been cooler which has helped me understand that some of my other runs may have been bad simply because of the heat or for that matter work stress. Regardless, I am now back in a good mental frame for Superior. Matter of fact this song pretty much captures it:

For those that don't want to listen, just read the lyrics and you should understand where I am.

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me down
It's gonna be a bright bright bright bright sun shiny day
It's gonna be a bright bright bright bright sun shiny day

Oh yes I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for
It's gonna be a bright bright bright bright sun shiny day

Look all around there's nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead there's nothing but blue skies

And on that note here is the current forecast for Superior for the weekend, to me it looks like almost ideal running weather.

Friday - Showers possible. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid 50s.
Saturday - Showers. Highs in the low 60s and lows in the low 50s.

And if it does rain and it gets me down or if I am suffering a bit, I just need to think back in time and listen to this song, it will put whatever I am going through into perspective and help me keep going.
After reflecting on 9/11, I find that sometimes I feel a bit down and I need to understand things, this song always helps me find my way back.


Thompson said...

You are going to be fine. Stay positive. When I swam in college we used to meditate and picture a positive race. Sometimes I fell asleep, but the experience was very good at preparing me for a race. I still visualize a successful race. Good luck.

Scott said...

At this point, it is literally all about attitude. Training is done, that hay is in the barn. The SHT is one of the most beautiful trails in the country, thats what I like to think about. Lucky you to be able to spend all of that time on the trail. Enjoy every moment and have a blast. Good luck!


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