TAKE it all in, enjoy the atmosphere and when you cross that finish line give yourself a mighty good ole pat on the back.
That’s the top notch advice I got this week from my new pal.
You might know him actually, you’ve probably seen him around.
His name’s Steve. He’s a champion long-distance runner. He’s an Olympian. He’s kind of a big deal.
I sat down with Mr Moneghetti to have a chat about all things Run Ballarat.
Actually we didn’t sit down. We stood up, and we even did a few stretches. Cos that’s how us fitness folk roll.
Mona’s main message was to get into the spirit of the day.
For those of us who crazily obssess over their times and pace, and throw a tanty and go home in a huff if they fail to run perfect six-minute kilometres (oh, that’s just me?) he recommends sucking it up and forgetting about it.
“You should embrace the event. On the day it’s about finishing, not your time. Just enjoy the day and give yourself a pat on the back,” Mona says.
“Take it all in and get into the spirit, because at the end of the day you’re doing a good thing for the community and you’re doing a good thing for yourself.”
He also recommends checking out the course before the day. Find yourself some “trigger points”, as Mona calls them, where you will remember why you’re out there and give yourself a little push.
That could mean asking your family and friends to stand on Mair Street to cheer you on as you run up that big hill, or when you run past the hospital on Drummond Street just remember the cause you’re running for and be grateful for your health.
Feed off the crowds, Mona says.
“When you get closer to the finish line there’s going to be crowds of people there. You might not know them but they’re there to cheer someone on, so why not you?
“You won’t get that on a training run so if you can’t enjoy it then, when can you enjoy it?”
Too right, Mona, my mate, too right.
It’s only two weeks to go, and I know you’re scared, because so am I. But listen to Steve Moneghetti’s advice because I reckon he probably knows a thing or two.
How are your preparing for Run Ballarat? Visit thecourier.com.au and let me know.