As we start to ramp up our training for spring races, it’s the perfect time to make sure that our mental game is on point. Coach Hops is here with some tips to help us approach our races with the right frame of mind.
- Don’t think, just run. My college coach used to beat this into our heads, especially in hard workouts and when we were freaking out before big races. It always works. Don’t think, just do what you already know how to do and run.
- “Comparison is the thief of joy” (Teddy Roosevelt). Don’t compare yourself to anyone else and don’t compare yourself to how you were last year, or the year before that. Focus on today and give your absolute best effort on that day.
- Have a positive mindset. Read books, listen to podcasts and audio books on positive psychology. Surround yourself with positive people. I recommend using mantras or counting from 1-100 when things get tough. When negative thoughts creep in, you can flip the script and focus on your mantra, or use counting to distract your brain.
- Think of your training as a journey in itself, and the journey is what takes you to the starting line. The race is your reward.
- Focus only on what you can control. Let go of what you can’t change, make space for what you can change, and know that there is a difference. No matter the outcome, if you’re doing all the little things right, then your training will pan out. Sometimes things don’t come together on race day and that’s okay! Trust the process.
How do you approach race day? How do you keep your mental game on point?