I have been feeling very zen the past few days of my taper. After last night's last run (my last one likely before the marathon) a friend remarked "You're not freaking out! I'm freaking out and I'm not running Sunday!" I can't say exactly why, but with the exception of my mini-freakout while finishing up packing this morning, I have been very calm.
A friend of mine tweeted an article from Stack.com, titled "Use Positive Visualization to Sharpen Mental Focus and Improve Performance", and I thought it was appropriate for not only people racing Marine Corp on Sunday, but for those racing in NYC.
- Close your eyes and keep a focused, relaxed attention
- Begin to build concentration by envisioning details about your technique—how you hold the ball, your stance and posture
- Imagine going through the motions that allow you to successfully execute the movement; see the ball travel to the desired spot
- Imagine the feeling of success; what you see in your mind subconsciously sticks