Don't miss our Q&A with clinical sports psychologist Victor Thompson on Wednesday 27 March, 1 - 2pm
Join us on Wednesday 27 March at 1 - 2pm for a webchat with ASICS Pro Team clinical sports psychologist Victor Thompson.
Victor has 17 years' experience working in the field, 14 of which have been focused solely in sport. He is also a committed triathlete, competing for both Great Britain and Ireland and is a keen participant in the Ironman event.
If you struggle with race day nerves, motivation or need some tips on how to cope when the going gets tough in a race, Victor will be on hand to help.
Post your questions below to get involved with the Q&A.
Here's a curve ball, I'm not going to ask you how to keep going when you get to 22 miles of the marathon and are internally swearing to combustion point. My answer to that is you just do or you don't, it depends how much you want it; and how close the nearest open pub is.
Instead, do you think that running can help as therapy for people with conditions such as depression, the autistic spectrum, anger issues etc... And if so how?
Basically I'm asking you about running as therapy for the psyche.
Just a thought RW, why do you always schedule these events for during the day when the majority of people can't take part?
I'm training for an endurance event that will take me at least 16 hours. It's a swimming event so unlike running I will be unable to draw strength from the crowd or the runners around me as my head will be in the water. I've done long distance running events and can keep the mental determination going for 6 hours but how the heck can I keep that up for another 10 hours or more with only my own thoughts for company?
This might help some....
A few words of Encourgement For those who are treading the roads of a marathon for the first time. On race day think legs. What! I hear you say. Think about it. You get out of bed, you get to the start. You may well have had to take the train.
You have to walk from the station to the start area. Now you are getting nervous and you are walking around looking for friends or charity areas. You want to go to the loo, and you are forced to stand in a queue. You have a coffee and you are still standing!!!.
You change, and then at last you go to your start pen. What!!! Still 30 minutes to go and you’re still standing. Yippee the gun goes off. Hang on, you haven’t moved. It could take anything up to 10 minutes before you actually cross the start line. THEN you have to run 26.2miles.You don’t see the elite runners on their feet that long before they start to run. When you did your training especially your LSR you started from your house or at least the local sports hall. Which didn’t mean you were on your feet for ages before you started?
The moral of the story is keep off your feet as much as possible on race day. Take an old shirt, jacket, and bin bag, anything to sit on wherever you can. If you don’t you will wish you had. Trust me I learnt the hard way.
Yup - did that at VLM last year. Sat on the wall in Blackheath village watching the crowds streaming off the trains. Then sat on the kerbstone in the pen quietly stretching out and sipping on a sports drink. Only stood up when we moved forward......
No need to answer this because it relates to my other sport... tennis. But if you find you have time, and have a little gem of advice, that would be great!
I have always been really good at fighting to the very last point, chasing every ball.. and if I'm 5-1 down, I know that I've a realistic chance of turning the set around. Great... real mental strength.
But on the other hand... if I blitz my way to a 4-1 or 5-1 lead, all too often, I let my opponent back in. And honestly, I don't feel I get nervous, complacent. Do I lose focus? I don't think so, although maybe I relax a little... I don't know, but I sometimes lack the killer blow.
It isn't every time, but there is a tendency. I suppose that there is a reflection within my general life where, for example, I tend to let things slide to the last minute, but then work great under the time pressure,
Any ideas? Thanks
WHEN YOU STAND ON THE START LINE
"When you stand on the Start Line, you join the club. When you stand at the Starting Line you earn your membership. Millions dream of being where you are. You are no longer a dreamer. You are a doer.
Thousands more started a training programme but never finished. They started with the same enthusiasm (or more than) you. They started with more or less the same physical gifts or disadvantages as you did. They had no more and no less reason to be successful than you.
But somewhere along the way, they lost that enthusiasm. Somewhere on the road or on the track or treadmill, they decided that the rewards just weren't worth the effort. They decided that they could live without finding their limits, without challenging their expectations of themselves and without taking a hard look at their image of themselves.
You didn't. If you’re standing at the Start Line, you've not only accepted the challenge, but you've also beaten back the demons. You've conquered your imagination and self-imposed limitations. You've gone further, got stronger and become tougher than you ever imagined.
I`m training for a 4 lap marathon. Any tips you can offer me to cope when the going gets tough?
Just a quick note to you all to say "Hello." I looking forward to answering as many questions as my fingers allow tomorrow, the 27th at 1-2PM. Post away, and I'll do my best!
I have been training for London since xmas but had to stop for three wks due to chest infection which has affected affect my running times even though i am back on track. I'm not a elete runner just want to get round comfortable in around 5-5.30. I have managed to complete 18.05mls in 4hrs but have found it hard to go out in the really cold weather. Am I being relistic and would it help if I followed a pacer
I am doing my first Marathon at end of April...I have run 4 longer runs over 18 miles (18-22) in the last 6 weeks...but at almost 50 my body is struggling..what one thing can I focus on to keep it going for that last long long run on race day. I just want to finish so time is not an issue!.. Music with a fast beat does help..any other suggestions welcome..
Hi Victor - Here's another one for you.
One of the biggest issues I have is the difference between race day and a normal run. I've done practice runs/races to get myself used to it but I still get swept up in the hype of the day, waste energy by being excited.
What can you suggest that we can do either on the start line/the days before to stop the butterflies from potentially hampering a good race?
I've been struggling with my training due to a knee injury in the early days and then illness.. I'm running London on April 21st, my longest distance to date has been 14 miles... I've done a half marathon race too which I completed in 2hours 5mins.
My confidence today that I can do this is diminishing, I need to do two more long runs before the big day and want to try a 17mile then a 20mile but I am worried I won't be able to do it.
Thanks in advance
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.
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