When you wake up on race day, if your heart-rate is elevated and your hands are a bit clammy and your head is spinning you can start saying you are nervous.
Better to ride the wave as a positive thing than fight against it. Routines are very helpful for getting you in the right frame of mind on race day.
Anything you can do to calm yourself down. One of the reasons that golfers, for instance, go through those pre-shot rituals is the mental aspect — it keeps you focused on the task itself.
It can be the same with superstitions. As long as they are things you can repeat they are useful.
You could recite a poem, walk backwards for 10 yards — anything, as long as you can repeat it! When I work with athletes we often work on consistency — on having the same feeling in practice as on the day. Nice and calm and easy.
A lot of people tend to do the first mile and think: And what you want to be is in the zone. The zone is a present state.
The best way to stay in the moment is to set yourself small goals. People can work well to different lengths: And that makes a big difference because you are staying more in the moment than focusing on the distance, which is where all the anxiety is. For each individual running a marathon, they are going to have their own gold medal in mind.
It could be a time, or just completing it, or maintaining running without having to walk for a certain time. The best way to get to that goal is to think about what you are doing in the moment — focus about the process rather than the outcome. So that comes alongside staying in the moment. Focus on your rhythm, your movement, your breathing and those targets, those stepping stones nearby.
One section at a time. It might be counting, or a song in your head, or anything just to take you away from your internal dialogue. When you are suffering, your internal dialogue starts to go against you rather than with you. So, a song in your head, something nice and upbeat, which reflects your running rhythm, can be extremely powerful.
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Some people might find that annoying and just try counting — like Paula Radcliffe does. Anything to get you away from that internal dialogue. People tend to look down at the ground when they are running. We tend to talk to ourselves more, and feel more pain when we look down. Look up, and instead of staring at things, try to use your peripheral vision. When you use your peripheral vision you go into a kind of light trance, the zone state. So you feel less — well, I like to say discomfort rather than pain!
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