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Alana Hadley Blog - Racing in Savannah

Published by
DrBob   on Nov 15 2011, 06:37 PM

Racing In Savannah

Award ceremony in Savannah


Hey everyone, hope all has been going good for you. 

Well this past weekend sure was a running weekend for sure with the Savannah Rock n' Roll Half & Full Marathon on Saturday and the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday. 

Congratulations to all who ran.

Well, I went to Savannah to do the Half Marathon, last Saturday.  I went with my mom, as my dad was in NYC because one of his runners, Molly Pritz, was running her debut marathon.    There were quite a few people from Charlotte there in Savannah so I saw alot of familiar faces.  As you know from my blog, my last race didn't turn out very good, but I figured out why. 

Well, I must report that my race in Savannah went awesome!

As I ran my race I was calm and confident.  While I ran I stayed focused on trying to stay on pace and I turned any thoughts in my head to positive ones.  When I slowed down slightly in the 7th mile, insted of getting upset, I just said "okay, now lets try to get back on pace."  Instead of letting negative thoughts of slowing down consume me like in the last race, I looked at the positives and knew I could do it. 

So I continued to push knowing God would be proud. 

I pushed all way to the final straightaway. 

That final straightaway was about 300 meters long and with a strong head wind against us.  My goal in the race was to get under 1:17:00 and as I passed the 13 mile point I knew it was going to be very close.  I was tired but motivated to give it my best so I sprinted in the best I could that last .1 miles.  I kept saying to myself,  "come on, come on, you can do it" in my head the whole way.  As I pushed across the the finish line, I was close, but wasn't sure if I had done it.  I didn't care, I had run a great race, gave it 100% and was happy.  My gun time ended up as 1:17:01 and my chip time was 1:16:58 and I had finished as the 3rd women overall in a pretty big race.

Looks like I have figured out how I race best.  Those negative thoughts can kill you in a race so I have to stay positive. 

I took what I did wrong in my last race and learned from it.  I had taken my focus away from giving my 100% best effort and praising God, and instead started focusing on the negatives and shut down. 

But in Savannah, I made sure I was focused on looking at the positives and gave it 100%, my best effort no matter what. 

When I slowed down some, I made sure I kept my focus and made sure I was giving it my best effort in the race.  The only thing you can control in a race is giving it your 100% best effort, and if you do that the time and place will take of themselves.

 

DOCTOR BOB NOTE: 

 
Alana broke her own World Single Age (14 yr old females) record for the Half Marathon with a 1:16:58 (chip) / 1:17:01 (gun) at the Savannah Rock n' Roll Half Marathon finishing as the 3rd Woman overall.
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