Seemingly everywhere I’ve turned this week there has been talk of the Broad Street run. Whether at the coffee house in town, my son’s preschool or even the local Shop Rite, our town is abuzz with race day chatter. Obviously this race has grown exponentially over the past five to eight years, so additional dialogue between runners seems only natural, but I think all this talk a week or so in advance of the race also tends to elevate nerves and heighten anxiety (at least for me)! No longer is this a “little race down Broad Street”, but instead has become one of the most well known 10 mile races in the country and for certain a race that you will encounter many a friend (or foe, should you have any). What’s even more interesting though, is the amount of people I’ve personally spoken with in the last several days who are struggling with their training and in particular, their last few runs just days before the race. Is it possible that so many of us are hitting a training wall at the same time or are we (gasp) psyching ourselves out? In the event it’s the latter, I’ve decided to dedicate my last blog pre-race to motivating and inspiring EVERYONE who is running on Sunday to have their most fun race to date (and if a PR is achieved too, well, all the better)!

So where’s a blogger to start? Well, Google of course!

The first thing I Goggled was “motivation.” Here’s what I found:
Motivation is the driving force by which we achieve our goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic.

Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that is driven by an interest or enjoyment in the task itself, and exists within the individual rather than relying on any external pressure.

Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of the individual. Common extrinsic motivations are rewards like money and grades, coercion and threat of punishment.

It shouldn’t be too much of a debate as to which motivation we are calling upon to run a good race on Sunday, right? Despite the fact that 10 miles might feel like punishment, it is something we are choosing to do, for the “enjoyment in the task itself.”

So there it is- #1. Enjoy the race. Your time is secondary.

The second thing I Googled was “bad runs before race day”. (I probably shouldn’t have Googled this! Talk about psyching yourself out! But I took one for the team and have only listed below what I believe to be an encouraging article).

http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2010/09/coping-with-bad-runs-leading-up-to-a-race.html

And not to be forgotten….. some good advice for those not so great race days (it happens to all of us and while I’m wishing everyone a great race this weekend, a little perspective never hurts):

http://runeatrepeat.com/2011/02/07/dealing-with-a-bad-race/

And lastly, I came across this video a few weeks ago and just had to share. It totally makes me giggle. Not at the cyclist’s expense, but because it just goes to show no matter how well prepared you are, anything, and I mean anything, can happen on race day.

See you at the finish line.

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