Stop Thinking so Much, Sammy! (Sir Walter 2019)


I have tried for a week to come up with the right words to say leading up to Sir Walter. Every time I’ve tried to think about what to write, it would result in frustration. I kept feeling writer’s block after a long hiatus from writing blogs. The harder I thought about it, the further I got from what I wanted to get across.

This mindset trickles into all aspects of my life, especially running. As Sir Walter Miler approaches, I have had all the thoughts on whether or not I’m prepared for my second year. I want to PR; I have wanted to for 4 years now. With all the work leading up to this moment, I question if I have done everything in my power to get to that next level. This involves over thinking everything and trying too hard to make the perfect race or training day. The more I think about it, the more exhausted I become, almost doing the opposite of what I want to accomplish.


So what have I learned leading up to my second year of post collegiate racing? DON’T OVER THINK IT. So simple, but so complicated at the same time. No time, no splits, no worry, no comparison…just race. I run for me and the freedom I feel doing so, and being a part of Sir Walter brings that out of me no matter how I finish. Yeah, I am in the best shape I have been in a while, but the important part for me is turning my brain off and feeling the excitement from the crowd and other competitors. Whatever happens tonight, I hope I can look back and know I controlled what I needed to, and know that I have a whole community to back me up through this journey.

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