My Boston Race Report & Race Tips

Nadia and her Boston Marathon medal

Nadia is ready to race!This very personal and insightful Boston Race Report was written by Nadia Ruiz who we are proud to say is a Top Secret Nutrition Brand Ambassador.  She has completed 125 marathons, including the Boston Marathon earlier this week. Nadia, CONGRATULATIONS on completing your 7th consecutive Boston Marathon, and THANK YOU for sharing your Boston Race Report and Race Tips with us.  You are an inspiration!

“It’s our best performances that leave us glowing for days. However, it’s usually our most challenging and/or defeating days that can leave us questioning ourselves: what went wrong? Performances are always relative. What may seem disappointing to one person may be amazing to another. After a performance that we feel may have not met our expectations, despite how others may aim to console us, we find ourselves internally wondering: why? When reviewing personal performances, it is ok to take an honest assessment of our personal training, execution, and mindset that may have led to any given outcome. This should be done whether it was a great personal achievement or if we feel we fell short from our goals. Goals are personal so allow your reflection and assessment to also be personal. Each performance can serve as a learning experience. Take the time after a race, for example, to list what were five things you did right and what were five things you feel you could have done better. If our goal is to improve then with this form of assessment, we can aim to repeat what works and focus to improve the areas that didn’t. 

“After I completed my 7th Boston Marathon, I felt defeated, deflated, and disappointed. When something bad happens, you lose someone, you experience heartbreak or experience defeat, people who love and support you will try to uplift you. But sometimes, we may be inconsolable. In times of pain or defeat, sometimes the best we can do is take a moment to step back, allow ourselves the space to feel the emotions, and reflect what may have went wrong.” 

Click Here to read Nadia’s full report on her blog

 . . .  and here is Nadia’s conclusion at the end of the blog post:

Nadia Ruiz - Boston Marathon 2016“Performances are always relative. What may seem disappointing to one person may be amazing to another. After a performance that we feel may have not met our expectations, despite how others may aim to console us, we find ourselves internally wondering: why? When reviewing personal performances, it is ok to take an honest assessment of our personal training, execution, and mindset that may have led to any given outcome. This should be done whether it was a great personal achievement or if we feel we fell short from our goals. Goals are personal so allow your reflection and assessment to also be personal. Each performance can serve as a learning experience. Take the time after a race, for example, to list what were five things you did right and what were five things you feel you could have done better. If our goal is to improve then with this form of assessment, we can aim to repeat what works and focus to improve the areas that didn’t.” 

“There are times when our ambitions don’t completely take into account the weather, internal fatigue, and/or emotional distress an individual may be experiencing when we arrive to any start line. Review your recent race times, review your recent training splits for key workouts, and make an honest self assessment on how to execute your next race strategy. Boston is truly so special and worth experiencing. If it is your goal to Boston Qualify, then go for it. Get hungry for it. Visualize it daily. Don’t say someday. Say today I will start taking small steps towards my goal. It’s the small steps we take day after day that get us closer to our big goals. Have high expectations of yourself and gain the most you can each day by day. I hope to continue to earn the privilege to return to Boston every year or at least I will keep trying. Running provides that gift and we all have the beautiful potential to always aim to find the better versions of ourselves every single day.” 

Nadia Ruiz

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