5 Mental Tips for Racing
I'll get to the tips in a second, but first things first... Follow Sprinkles Cupcakes on Twitter so you'll get BOGO deals. (If you don't live near one, I'm sorry!) I paced myself and ate my cupcake over two days - such pacing self-control. If only I'd do that on race day when I usually start marathons too fast.
Now, onto the running tips... Last night, I attended a talk on the psychology of running in The Woodlands. It took me forever to get there even though it's normally only about 20 minutes away because of a highway accident, but I'm glad I went. Adrienne Langlier, a sports psychologist with a blog you'll want to follow, gave helpful tips for racing.
|Psychology of Running Talk Held in The Woodlands|
5 Mental Tips for Races
- Before race day, think about your race routines that include what you'll want to and not want to focus on. Stay positive.
- Don't hit the wall on race day by practicing relaxation on long training runs. Work through your body and make sure your shoulders and your back are relaxed.
- When you feel anxious, remember that some anxiety is actually good. When you're anxious, try this deep breathing exercise: inhale for a count of 4, hold breath for 7 and inhale for 8. (Or start with the easier 3, 3, 6 that I found mentioned here.)
- Your race will feel like it's going by faster if you think about it in smaller chunks like by a mile or two instead of a long 26 plus miles.
- Make sure that your inner dialogue is positive: I'm doing great, I'm strong, I'm prepared!
Last night, I signed up for my 18th marathon, The Woodlands Marathon, which takes place north of Houston on March 5. I ran 45 miles this week with an 18 miler even before signing up knowing that I'd want to race in the near future. Now I can hardly wait for race day!