Race Day anxiety, for many of us, is something that we come across from time to time as runners. Especially if it your first race, or maybe a new race distance. Pre-race anxiety is real and many runners struggle with it. If you have ever found yourself stressed before a race and wondering, “Have I trained well enough?” or feel like your stomach in tied up in knots, then this episode is one you will want to listen to. In this episode, I share some interesting research on stress and anxiety and some tips on how to handle your pre-race jitters and anxiety before a race. All this and more coming up on today’s podcast….
Hi guys and welcome to the RunBuzz podcast, I am your host Steve Carmichael, and I have a topic for you today that I am excited about – and that is:
How to manage the stress, anxiety, the pre-race jitters that often creeps up before a big race.
Now, I have talked on past episodes of the podcast about many of the negative impacts that stress and anxiety can have on our overall health. Stress management is such a critical component of our well being. But what do we do when stress and anxiety hits us during race week? Why won’t these prerace jitters go away?
To start, we all have various levels of stress and anxiousness in our life, and we all have various ways we have dealt with this. Usually, we balance stress with periods of time where we do more self care activities, or escape from the day to day stress long enough to help decompress our minds, or “fill our tank back up”, so to speak. For many of us, things like going out to a movie, taking a break, taking a vacation, going for a run, going to the gym, taking a quick walk, all help us deal in some ways with our stress.
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