Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: how to overcome common racing fears Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
I have to be honest – even though I’ve done a lot of races, I sometimes still deal with racing fears. Not so much for shorter distances, but for longer distances like half marathons and definitely for marathons. I’ve done 4 marathons and I was nervous before each one. It never feels good to have a pit in your stomach right before a race, but I have used a few tricks over the years to calm my fears.
“I’m going to oversleep and miss the race”
Luckily this has never happened to me before, but it’s always a possibility, especially if a race has a super early start time. The night before a race I always set two alarms – one on my personal phone and one on my work phone. There’s no way I can oversleep with two alarms blaring in my ear!
“What if I finish last?”
And so what if you do? I had this fear a lot when I started running because I’m not a fast runner. But I started thinking of it this way – I’m out here running, doing my best and getting in exercise at the same time. There’s really no negative to that.
“I’m worried about stomach issues”
For this fear I always focus on sticking to the same pre-race meal (usually pizza or pasta) so that I can avoid stomach issues on race day. This isn’t necessarily a guarantee but it had worked for me 95% of the time.
“I’m worried about the course”
I actually like to review the race course online if it’s available. I will usually find a map of the course or sometimes I can even find a video on YouTube. This really helps me to mentally prepare for the race, especially if there are hills, etc.
Tell me: How do you overcome common racing fears?
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