Nervous Before Running
(Marlborough, MA, USA)
Nervous Before Running
I'm Always Nervous Before Running RacesQuestion:
I started doing 5k races after college, and even though I always get nervous before running any sort of race, doesn't matter the distance, I keep signing up for them. Once the race starts, I'm fine. But, the day of the race, and even most of the week before, I get very antsy about the whole thing. I'm not sure what to do, so I wanted to see if you had any tips for mindset, or routine, or anything I can do so these nerves don't impact me so much.
Editor's Comments About Getting Nervous Before Running
Hi Beth! Thanks so much for your question. As you can tell already from the comments from our readers, there are a lot of people passionate about giving advice. We hope you find it to be helpful.
We've definitely worked with clients, some recreational and some competitive, who would get nervous before running in races. It can make a difference which category you do find yourself in. However, no matter the category, there are things that you can do that will begin to help.
Here are a few of those:
- Trust Your Training - Nerves can sometimes arise when you know that you haven't done the training necessary to be prepared. That's usually the case with runners who have skipped lots of workouts, nutritious eating, and attention to comprehensive programming (including rest and recovery). It'd be like taking a final exam without having opened the textbook during the semester. If you have been consistent in your running workouts believe that you've done what you can, and that whatever happens in the race, that you'll be able to learn from it, and apply that new knowledge to your next race.
- Follow Routine - Sticking to programming is a long-term strategy. Something that we've found to help in much shorter-term is sticking to a race day routine. That includes everything from when you wake up (how many hours before the race), how you'll hydrate, what you'll have for breakfast, what you'll wear, how you warm-up, and what sort of positive mindset tactics you're using. When that becomes routine, your focus is on those things, rather than on any nerves you might have.
- Focus on Others - This is not a suggestion to compare yourself to other runners, but to focus on wishing other runners well before the race. Dishing out plenty of "Have an awesome run!" , "Have fun out there!" , and "Save me one of those free bananas at the finish line!" words of encouragement just makes everyone feel good, including the person delivering the good cheer!
These initial suggestions should help, and we expect great things to come from the comment section. You may also want to take a look at the running mind
section of our site for more on positive mindset.
Have fun running!Hi everyone, let's help Beth with a few of the best tips that have helped us when nervous before running in a race. Most (if not all of us) have been in her shoes at some point in our running adventures. Leave your best tips in a comment below!