what fuels me during races?
other than ung usual na well hydrated, well practiced, and knowing yourself, my main not-so-secret-weapon is this :
the other things i've mentioned above, for sure maraming blogs about those, na kung saan saang nagsasabi na mag train ng mabuti, proper hydration etc, pero parang i don't see often kung anong mental strategies ang ginagawa nila. (madamot ba sila at ayaw mag share? haha) yung approach ko naman is just about using common sense eh, what made me remember to think about happy thoughts is the movie legally blonde (yup ung kay reese whitherspoon) na sinabi nya something about shopping makes her happy, etc, basta parang for her shopping (pero alam ko dapat exercise ito eh) makes her happy, and that by exercising, it triggers the release of endorphins, and endorphins make people happy or something to that effect). basta! by thinking of happy thoughts, it takes your mind off of the hassleness you'd encounter during races, lalo na if long distances at medyo nabobore ka na sa haba,tapos wala ka pang pacemate diba, ang saya!
what are happy thoughts, you may ask. for me happy thoughts are thoughts that make you forget negative stuff, or those that make you feel good. in a friend's term GOOD VIBES.
like nung sa baguio, someone mentioned to us (well, actually implied lang via his gestures and nonverbals) na killer ung uphills dun, may point lang na naisip ko, aba'y loko to ah, kaya ka pala hindi nag 21k eh, tapos di nyo man kami ni warn? hahaha eto ung elevation galing sa garmin eklat ni jinoe:
ang ganda diba, V na V ang dating! :0)
naisip ko na lang, mas malakas ako ngayon, no point in wallowing in "negativism" kasi andun na ako eh, napasubo na, panindigan ko na lang diba? :) kaya naman yan, mas malamig sa baguio, and the cool weather would compensate ung degree of difficulty VS heat. for me, ung heat ang mas mahirap na kalaban, and in this case, hindi sha gaanong factor kaya keri lang.
while we were doing na the hellish uphills (well actually di sha hellish, mataas lang talaga at nakatatamad takbuhin ang 3k-long na uphill all the way), wala akong iniisip na iba kundi ang image na ito:
happy thoughts na mga nag aantay sa amin na makarating sa finish line.
people like this make me want to finish the race despite the difficulties, be it internal, external or emotional man, physical, kasi i know, at the end of the day/race, meron mga taong nag aantay sa aking muling pagbalik.
before the baguio trip, i had a misunderstanding with a friend which somewhat dampened my GV (good vibes). good thing we were able to settle things and there, nabalik ung totally good vibes. na solve ung conflict before race day, kaya ayot ang result ng takbo.
during the baguio trip, sobrang daming happy thoughts na naipon sa aking thought bank, kaya din siguro di ako gaano napagod or nahirapan sa route na maraming nagsasabing mahirap. tulad ng sinabi ni bongz: mind over matter. pero magandang i compliment ang mind over matter ng THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS, at GOOD VIBES. kasi pag mind over matter lang, your mind might mind, and baka utakan ka lang hahaha :)
pero if may resbak ng HAPPY THOUGHTS at GOOD VIBES, 2 vs 1, panalo si 2 hahaha :)
so there. anong masasabi mo dun?