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Like Gemma & Emmy, I also suffer with nerves alot before a race that I want to do well in (i.e, if it's an event I've neen training hard for and my goal is a PB). However, the other day I did a 10K and got a PB and wasn't nervous at all on the start line. I think this was because it wasn't a main goal for me, but I was still expecting I would do well. However, if it hadn't gone well I know I would have genuinely brushed it off and moved onto the next race.
I do have a routine at the start of each race (which I also practice on my LSRs) around food, loo, stretching etc but even this doesn't help on the start line of an important event.
I know the obvious answer is to try relax at the start of my important races, but I find that easier said than done. Therefore if you any tips on this it would be appreciated.
Answer: I hope my answers above cover this mainly.
Also, tell yourself beforehand that you are going to do your best, stuff may happen, and if it does you will do your best at the time to handle it. However things go, you will be proud of yourself, live to fight another day and seek other goals. This is one, but not the only goal for you in running, activity and life! Go for it. Have fun.
Hello Victor.I seem to have lost my love of running.
Basically this time last year I was outside running at least twice a week with one long distance run. No matter what the weather I went outside and loved my running. I entered my first ever race - the Bupa Manchester 10k and I was so nervous that I wouldn't be able to do it, despite the fact I always ran at least 12k on my long runs. Leading up to it I pushed myself to go further, but found it easy, and two weeks before the race day I finally reached half a marathon. Obviously I was happy and proud of my running.
Even though on race day I was still bricking it, believing for some reason i wouldn't be able to run right on that day I did it and got a new 10k personal best. Happy happy.
Then I stopped?! Literally the week after I had no motivation to do anything and that motivation has never come back. Most of my runs have been forced. I get the odd run now and again which I will enjoy but most of them are just painful arguments with myself and I don't know why - usually that I cba to do the distance or my legs feel heavier than normal etc. I still run, but not as often as I was doing. And most of the time its on a treadmill, which is worse. I use the coldness as an excuse, or that I've eaten food that willl give me a stitch. I'm still regular at the gym, and I will push myself with other exercises, although I haven't found a cardio exercise I like other than running.
Is there anything I can do to get my running mojo back? I miss it.
Thanks for reading.
Hazel, why do you run? Why did you take it up? What do you get out of it? Do you have a goal (or goals)? Did you reach your goal and then wake up thinking "that's it"? So, you lost your point of running. Do you need to revisit goals or set some? Are you worn out? Would a break help? Can you go out there and take the pressure off, by daydreaming, listening for sounds as you run, enjoying being away from life's stresses????
Hi Victor, do you have any suggestions on dealing with the frustration that follows an injury or when sickness waylays your training plans? This is particularly when even cross training isn't even an option (I speak as someone in the depths of a horrible "spring" cold!)
Answer: Thanks for your question.
Stuff happens and it is frustrating. It can be worse when you are in the no-mans-land of not knowing if you are fine yet or not, then you do some exercise and feel whacked. (I've had a fair bit of this myself since last July.)
When this happens we need to be brave and make the best decisions for us that helps us to recover, stay relatively fit (maybe through light activities and stretching). Training plans and goals will likely need to be modified and eased.
Try to keep positive, knowing that when you return to fitness you'll really enjoy and savour the training and racing again.
Thanks for your reply. My bad spot is normally around 16miles where I just seem to struggle mentally and slow down. The one thing that keeps me going is: I'm closer to the finish than I was at the start of today.... and also a feel of failure. I want that medal, want that accomplishment.
How about keeping on top of energy stores? Having a jelly baby every 2 miles. Guess which one you pull out correctly and get a bonus one???
Are you setting off too fast? Are you starting with enough carbs in your system???
Thanks everyone for your questions. Very interesting. I hope my brief replies give you some pointers and maybe help other readers too.
Good luck in all your running exploits.
Thanks Victor - really interesting webchat. Thanks for joining us today.
thanks for the advice (for myself & all the others) it is useful reading everyones responses good tips all round
Hi Victor many thanks for comments I will take on board what you said and enjoy the day Thankyou
Thanks Victor for your reply to my question! Had definately forgotten what got me into running. Also found the responses to other questions very useful.
Victor - thanks for the tips. You're right that the answers to some other questions definitely help me too.
Thanks again. I am glad to have been of help. I hope you all have a good marathon experience, get close to or beyond your goals, and walk away proud. You achieve more than most, by even getting to the start line.
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