It’s a great question to ask yourself as time quickly ticks by and your race day that was on the somewhat distant horizon, is now staring you in the face and giving you the impression that it will inflict as much pain as it possibly can onto you if you dare to take one step onto the course.
Am I race ready?
Well the question should be: Is the race ready for me?
It’s hard to start something with a bit of self confidence no matter how many times you do it. I know myself that even though I train for races I still get that self doubt that enters your head and asks you how you actually plan on pulling this off. There’s so much that can go wrong and that either Murphy’s law or Sods law will come into play, and let’s face it, neither one is that good a thing.
The reason I think this is such a good topic to cover, is because this time next week, I’ll be racing in Wales, in the Brecon to Cardiff Ultra. A 44 mile race in a place I’ve never been, over a distance that, at the minute, I’m not sure how I’ll fair out. Now there is so many different emotions that you feel on the build up, and at the start line of a race.
There are ways to deal with the nerves…
- Look back on your training and be proud
This is mainly where people go wrong. Rather than looking at their positive experiences during training, they nit-pick and concentrate on that one day that they missed running, or the time they ran but, felt awful. Look at all the times that you DID do well, and carry that forward.
- Don’t let doubt in
People listen to what their head tells them. It’s like the brains self defence mechanism. It doesn’t want you to be uncomfortable or feel challenged, so it tells you not to. Don’t get mad at it, it’s only doing it’s job! So try to ignore your own inner voice telling you no, because you can tell it yes!
- Enjoy the journey
This is a big one! We all concentrate on getting to the finish line that much that we don’t lift our head to look around. This can help in two ways; one being that you can enjoy the view, and the second is that if you’re in pain, you’ll notice you’re not the only one! So embrace what you’re doing, and how far you’ve come.
That’s the tips I live and run by. So even though the nerves set in, the excitement does as well and that’s what I let take over. I do like a good adventure! And there’s nothing quite like getting off a bus at a start line and knowing that it’s up to you to get to the finish. I love it actually!
So wish me luck and if you like you can have a look on my Facebook page to see how I’m getting on. I’ll update it throughout the day, if I have a signal that is!
Catch up with you soon,