There’s nothing sweeter than ending a race with the satisfaction that you just completed a PR. A personal record, which has trumped all previous efforts, and propelled your running status to the next level.
Unfortunately, it can’t happen every time, so we need to find a way to appreciate our efforts, no matter what the end result is. One way to do this is by cherishing the journey as you train for your event. Don’t overlook the work you put into your training runs along the way. Take the time to appreciate the sacrifices that you make as you follow your schedule and appreciate the small victories when you achieve your workout goals along the way.
As you remind yourself of how far you have come as a runner and how much you have grown during your training, that positive energy can help you cope with the disappointment when you fall short of your race goal. Stay focused on all the great things that you can learn from your experience and set some new goals for yourself!