“Eek! I'm having anxiety!”
Yep, I've been there, I can honestly say before ALL my races. But guess what? Elite runners get the jitters too.
What do I do? Breathe, just breathe. Normally the feeling will pass; once the race begins, I'm much better.
Here are a few things YOU can do to calm the pre-race nerves:
1. PLAN - Be prepared. Never run a race without preparation. If you plan your race/run accordingly, you will be fine. What does that entail? If you are a beginner runner, and plan to do a 5k, you can use any C25k app. This will get you started with running. Or you can hire a running coach and let them do all the thinking for you while you get your mind around being the runner.
Running is majority a mental sport. If you are doing 13.1 miles and you are new to running, I would definitely say hire a run coach. If you've been running for a while, there are many plans on the internet (apps) you can search for and follow to help you plan your race.
2. EAT RIGHT - Now I know this is all relative but there is a plan for that too. Eating the right amount of carbs when planning for a race is hugely important. No you don't need to hire a nutritionist (unless you want to), but eating the right amount of carbs will contribute to race success.
3. BREATHE - Trust yourself. Believe that you can do it. Running a race is mental. Your body will do what your mind tells it to do. Take a few deep breaths and run the hell out of your race.
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