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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Prepare to Race with your Mind

From the "Lore of Running",

equally as important as all those road miles, is the ability to race with your head. 
1.  During training sessions:
  • Set realistic goals
  • Flexibility - adjust to the unexpected
  • Control anxiety
  • Visualize the race and key points along the way. Stategize.
2.  During the race:
  • Set race goals by putting more effort into the race than in your training.
  • Plan race strategy based on race day factors such as weather, the way you feel phycially, etc.
  • Take deep breaths to relax and, again, control anxiety.
  • Don't worry about the competition. It's your race and no one elses.
  • Take charge of your body and mind from the beginning of the race. Don't allow for mistakes you know will impede your success e.g. going out too fast.
  • Allow for the unexpected and adjust.
  • Maintain focus on your body. Concentrate on running form, especially as fatigue sets in.
  • Give maximal effort, regardless of the result.  If your behind your goal pace, keep going. Don't give up.
  • If you give it all you've got, and you know you did, then you have performed as expected. You've run a great race.
3.  Post Race:
  • Learn from every race. Review and adjust for the next race.
  • Be pleased with your effort and move forward. 
As Roger Bannister wrote "The things a man learns for himself, he never forgets...The things a man does by himself, he does best."
Good luck in your next race.

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