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.
- 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.
- Learn from every race. Review and adjust for the next race.
- Be pleased with your effort and move forward.