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Alana Hadley Blog - Racing in Savannah

Published by
DrBob   Nov 15th 2011, 6:37pm

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.



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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