For me, the adrenaline and excitement on the actual race day significantly increase my speed. I know it's that little secret weapon that'll help me get my PR. :)
I could not agree more. I usually spend the first mile convincing myself to push to mile 2 and it's always smooth sailing after that.
I may need to print this out and hang it next to my running shoes. I am quick to listen to that little voice in my head giving me any excuse not to run, a bad habit I'm trying to kick. I can plan and plan to run faster, but nothing will ever happen unless I actually do it.
Do you have any inspirational or motivational quotes that help you?