Does anyone else have a problem with the word "race"? Every week I go out with the running club and run ever increasing distances feeling very relaxed. As soon as I enter a race, however, on the morning the nerves start, the endless trips to the loo so that it is a wonder I get to the start line at all. Did a 10 mile race on Sunday and was really prepared but the same thing happened. Is it just me???
Nope, happens to me everytime too , thats why there are always moohasive queues at the toilets!
They're "events" not "races".
Racing is just so vulgar, dahling. I prefer to bimble.
Muttley wrote (see)
They're "events" not "races".Racing is just so vulgar, dahling. I prefer to bimble.
Sorry darling, but I must prefer "races" not "events"To me, every race is what it is, a race. I just turn up, hang about, start it, run it, finish it, home. Sometimes I might get nerves before the start like making sure every last drop of urine is deposed from my waste disposal region, but thankfully its a rare occurance.
Compared to how I used to feel as a whippersnapper at a judo competition, running races are a breeze!
I suppose I can get a teensy bit nervous when I'm racing for my club, cos other people are depending on you. Especially my debut steeplechase, cos I was drafted in at short notice and had never even seen a water jump up close! Bl00dy sh*t meself that day! (Got over it OK though.)
Yaffles wrote (see)
Runnerman I understand your thougts too
I've found I used to have a bit of a fret as I am doing a fair few half marathons but to be honest that is/was more about if I'd done enough training!
To be honest the "turn up hang araound run go home" is a good way of looking at itregarding the loos I always wait untill the absolute death when the queues have gone but sometimes the timings ave been a bit tight
I like to think of them as 'runs' not 'races' - takes the competative bit out of the equation.
As for the loo thing..... yup, me too. I think it is subconcious programming . Either that or all the water I drink in the two days before - because 1. the books say you should and 2. to keep me on the straight and narrow by keeping my wine glass hand occupied.
Any way, whatever, I'm grateful for it, I'd rather deposit it than carry it round for 10k or 13 miles!!!!
Dubai Dave wrote (see)
Nope direct opposite, the word race brings out all my competative instincts and makes me run harder than I thought possible but I do not lie awake worrying about it or run to the loo before the start, everything is focused on finshing as fast as possible.
Although funnily enough, I always run faster in races than I do in tempo runs. I actually find that the more relaxed and uncaring about my time I am, the better I run. I mean, my pb's are all from several years ago and I'm not going to see them again.
Must be all those laydeez in lycra to chase
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