Mind games can keep you calm be­fore a big race

Runner's World (UK) - - Mnd+Health -

Try to hit the start line of your next race feel­ing chilled, sug­gests a re­cent study at the Univer­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton. Re­searchers in­duced anx­i­ety and anger in their sub­jects be­fore they com­peted and found their pac­ing strat­egy was er­ratic, lead­ing to a higher rate of per­ceived ex­er­tion. Plan­ning race morn­ing metic­u­lously should keep stress at bay – but what if you feel anx­ious re­gard­less? In an ear­lier study, the same re­searchers found run­ners re­lied more on men­tal strate­gies than phys­i­cal ones to main­tain emo­tional con­trol in the hour be­fore a race. Here are the four most pop­u­larly em­ployed pre-race prac­tices:

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