September 14, 2012

Believe in yourself, or get a kid to do it for you

Believing in yourself can make you move faster. Right? Right?!! Training and stuff like that helps too, I guess. If you're into that.

My (most awesome in the world) sister sent me this picture that my niece drew in school.

Translation: my mom's sister won the long race.

So my new key to gaining confidence and believing in myself is to make friends with really cool, confident little kids. Then maybe their confidence will infect me. 

Also, when she visited this summer, my niece was very inquisitive about my medal collection, and everyone knows that if it's your medal collection, pretty much you are the only one interested in it. So as the only person to ever ask me about my race medals, ever, she holds a special place in my heart, and this picture just pretty much sealed her awesomeness. That and her ability to overlook mediocrity and elevate it to greatness. But isn't that what success is all about? 

Note: I did not win that race (this picture is based on IMS Arizona, where she was my race groupie), nor have I ever felt a ribbon break across my chest at a finish line. But now I sort of believe it could happen (if it's a very small race, and I trip all the other racers).

Also, I'll be working on the giveaway winner for a later post. Some people got really excited up in here about a SPIbelt (i.e. glorified runner fanny pack), so it might take me two forevers to tally the entries. Plus I'm always slow anyway. So you still have time to enter if you haven't yet.

What helps you have confidence during a race? 

Has anyone ever asked about your medal collection? Really, my niece was the only one. Even when I tried hanging them in the front entryway to provide loads of asking opportunities. 

20 comments:

  1. And that's exactly why I keep my medals all wadded up in my drawer. Cute niece :)

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    1. Mine would probably get more use in there, as a drawer space filler.

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  2. Hey, I been meaning to ask you about your medals. I want all the details, like weight, circumference, ribbon color, etc, etc, etc. (And that's so sweet what your little niece did.)

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    1. If it makes it easier, I can just wear some out to the group run tomorrow.

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  3. The only other people to ask about my medals are other runners....and obviously those who did instantly became some of my favorite people! Whenever I'm at a friend's house and they have their medals displayed I also ogle over them...and usually end up finding a new race to sign up for!!!

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    1. That's a good runner rule. If you want to make friends with a runner, act like you care about their medals!

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  4. Not many see my medals because they are in my bedroom. My kids think they are shiny and funny (Flying Pig, etc). Knowing how far I've come and wanting to practice what I preach to the kids about not giving up and doing your best is my confidence builder, or sometimes my last ditch buck-up/save-face/havesomepride mantra.

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    1. That's where I keep mine now too (after my husband said the front door was a little inappropriate:)). At least we can stare at them before sleep.

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  5. That is too precious for words!...you should frame that lol...for real. Telling myself "this is what I've trained for" helps me and also seeing my husband at various spots throughout the race. :)

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    1. Yes! Seeing family during a race is a huge boost!

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  6. ahh I love this. That is a great picture. I just overshare about my medals to everyone. They don't have to ask, they have no choice.;)

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  7. Ahh..I love that picture and caption! What a positive role model you've been in her life. LOVE IT!!!

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  8. Kids are cute. Somedays. LOL My nephew came to one of my races before either of my boys did. What's up with the neices and nephews giving more of a crap?! LOL I love your picture and def think that you should frame it and hang it beside your medal collection.

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  9. That picture is SO cute!! My cats like my medal collection, but mostly because there is string involved. Otherwise no one has interest. :)

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  10. What a sweet girl. Nope, no one asks me about my medals but they are hidden away in my closet. I often wonder what to do with them. I'm needing some confidence for a half marathon I am running tomorrow, so I need to go hit up my kids for some help!

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  11. Best niece ever right there!

    strange- i don't hold onto race medals or bibs or anything really. I think the medal from marathon I am currently training for will be a keeper though!

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  12. What a cute/sweet picture!

    I actually have a coworker that is genuinely interested in my medals--like, she has asked me to bring them in and show her! :) We have one of our extra bedrooms converted to workout space (and the dog crate room) and my medals hang in there on a nice medal hanger that my aunt bought me--so they are "displayed" but not out there for the world either.

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    1. Wow, she is a keeper! Do not let her go as a friend, even if you change work places!

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