Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How To Get Over a Bad Race

I'm still bummed about my less-than-stellar race performance on Sunday, but I'm trying not to dwell on it.

Instead I'm distracting myself with other things.

Retail Therapy:
My mom and I hit the outlets to do some shopping yesterday. This served two purposes. First, it got us out of the house and got our legs moving and the blood flowing to loosen everything up. Second, shopping usually cheers me up. I was on the hunt for a new sweater dress, but had no luck finding one that I loved. If you've got any suggestions on where to look, let me know.

A Massage:
I'm getting my first massage in ages today. It's going to be one of those hurts-so-good massages where I ask the therapist to work out every little kink in my IT bands and quads, but I'm also going to use the massage as a chance to relax a bit. I have one hour to think about nothing. It's been way too long since I've had time to just turn off my mind and it will be a nice treat.

Dinner with Friends:
One of the perks of being back in PA this week is that I have extra time to catch up with my friends from high school. A few of us are getting together for dinner tonight and I'm so looking forward to seeing anyone. It will be the first time in more than a year that we've all been together at once. Hanging out with non-runner friends means we'll get to talk about everything but running.

Thinking About My Next Race:
Having another race on the calendar is helpful, since I know I won't have to end my race season on such a sour note. I'm running the Hot Chocolate 15K in two weeks. I've never run a 15K before so it's an automatic PR, and it's a race I'm running just for fun, so no pressure about performance. Plus there's free chocolate at the end of the race. It's pretty much guaranteed to be a great way to end race season.

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