When all the registration and planning is done, race day confidence is the thing that pushes any event to its highest limit. If you’re anything like me, anxiety has a way of creeping in, and that doubt can sabotage the whole thing. There are some strategies to help over come that, so let’s explore!
Have Reasonable Expectations
We all love, and should rise to, a challenge, but biting off more than we can chew is a great way to crush confidence. For example, don’t register for a marathon in one month, when you’ve just started Couch To 5K, and are easing into the running journey. Is it possible to complete 26.2 miles like that? Sure. Will it be miserable? Probably, and might even lead to some serious injury.
Put In The Work
Training can always be a bit of a slog, but when you prepare properly for your event, race day confidence can soar. Dedicate yourself to your miles, your stretching, and your strength training. Take then time to rest and recover. Do the work, and you will be rewarded.
Knowledge is power, so arm yourself well! Follow your race emails and be sure to check out things like the start time, course map, location (and content) of aid stations. Know how and where to pick up your packet, and be aware of the parking situation. Lay out your outfit the night before, so you have everything ready to go. This will make your race morning run more smoothly and leave you to focus on keeping a clear head for the event ahead.
Be Your Own Hype Person
You are worthy and you are ready, so fill your head with positivity and encouragement. Even in the thick of the race, be sure to keep reminding yourself that you have earned the right to be the course, and you are ready to crush it, no matter what. Good thoughts are powerful, and it’s one more step to claiming that race day confidence.
Above all else, have fun. Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but running can be such a gift. Even when I’m struggling or not performing up to par, I try to remember how lucky I am to be out there. Keeping the fun side of things in mind is always the boost I need!
How do you improve your race day confidence?
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