Mental Tips: Put Your Race In Perspective

Even the elite athletes get nervous before a race. But it's important to control those emotions. Photo: www.shutterstock.com

Take Time To Enjoy The Journey To Be Consistent

While the performance decline that results in being too nervous should convince any serious runner to reexamine how they approach races, I personally believe the bigger factor is its impact on your enjoyment of the sport.

Becoming a good runner takes years and years of consistent mileage and solid workouts. If the thought of upcoming workouts or races gets you so nervous that these events no longer become fun, it’s going to be difficult to stay in the sport for a long time.

Moreover, unless running is your livelihood, these race experiences are supposed to be fun. While I am not suggesting performing well and setting a PR are not fun, they are only one component of what makes a race great. The energy, excitement, travel, and the camaraderie all make racing an awesome experience.

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