The 24 hours leading up to a race have always been a stressful and anxious time for me. Have I remembered by running shoes? Did I pack my race number? Where did I put my timing chip? All this nervous energy is wasted energy that won’t be put to good use where it matters: on the course.

A few weeks back I had a bad cold that left me wiped out for three whole days. I also had a half-marathon to run. I’d laid in bed for two days and needed to dose myself up on all the cold remebies I could scrounge together to make it back to Peterborough for my niece’s birthday. This was also where the half marathon was. As I was about to head out the door my kit wasn’t in my bag, I didn’t think I’d be well enough to run. But at the last minute I picked up my shoes and shorts, just in case.

48 hours later I was lining up at the start of my half-marathon. It wasn’t until the morning of the race that I realised I could actually run it, and I’d therefore sidestepped all the stress and worry about what kit I might have forgotten and what training I hadn’t done. What’s more the only thing I forgot was my energy gels, but a few jelly beans handed out by spectators did the job just as well.

The moral of the story is this: chill out. Do what you need to do to help you do that – this might mean setting all your kit out the night before the race or even sleeping in your kit and setting five alarms. But remember that it’s only a race, it’s supposed to be fun and there’ll be others. Keep calm and run strong.

By | 2017-05-19T04:40:23+00:00 October 19th, 2011|nervs, race, stress|1 Comment

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  1. Tegan October 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Such good advice. I was panicking like a mad thing before my first race on sunday. My boyfriend kept telling me to chill out and calm down. In the end it was all fine and I was getting worked up for nothing.

    Well done on completing the half.

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