How to Survive Pre-Marathon Jitters
For as long as I can remember, the few days leading up to a race have always been so nerve-racking for me--and for a lot of you, I know that pre-race anxiety is real!! Last year was my first marathon and I had no idea what to expect so, naturally, I was so nervous. I had put in the training and my body felt great; however, I was a little intimidated by the distance. I worked myself up so much that I had a migraine for the first 13 miles of the race...yes…I ran the first half of the race with almost no vision, a pounding headache, and lots of nausea…so fun!!
This year I’m determined to approach the race on Sunday with a lot more calm, so I put together a few tips that might help your pre-race nerves. Not running a race anytime soon? Don’t worry. These are also great tips to help you calm down before a presentation or interview. All of these strategies may not work for you but I promise you’ll find one that sticks!
1. Re-assure yourself that you’ve put in the work (given that you have, of course). No one can tell you that you haven’t prepared, you haven’t put in the miles or discipline. Remind yourself of the incredible amount of discipline you’ve displayed over the course of your training.
2. Fuel properly. The last thing you want to do leading up to a big-race is feel empty—like you didn’t fuel properly. Make sure to hydrate and be hyper-disciplined about the types of foods your putting into your body. Fueling properly is one more thing to check off the box to re-assure yourself that you’re ready to crush it!
3. Whip out those essential oils -- they’re a life saver. My mom recently got me hooked on essential oils and gave me the ClaryCalm oil from DoTerra, and it has changed my life (not to be dramatic or anything). The oil is a blend of Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Fennel, Carrot Seed, Palmarosa, and Vitex which altogether provide a cooling effect to the skin and help balance emotions. I get stressed out very frequently, and when I’m overwhelmed, I rub this oil on the inside of my wrists, on my chest, and on my temples and I feel so much better.
4. Get a massage!! Treating yourself is important, especially when you’re nervous about something. A massage can especially help with nerves and stress, as it eases any tensions present in your body.
5. Try and meditate! This is something I’m working on myself, as I find it super hard to carve out time to do. I love the Headspace app: it sends you daily reminders to remind yourself to take a few minutes to breathe.
6. Don’t change up your routine; trust the process that works for you. Everyone has their pre-race routine, or the things they must do before heading to the start. Do what works for you!
7. Finally, try and remember to have fun!! I know this sounds dumb, but i’m freaking horrible at reminding myself to just relax and have fun sometimes. It’s super easy to feel like there’s a lot of outside pressure when there’s really none at all. RUNNING IS FUN (and so is crossing the finish line).
For any other pre-race questions you have, drop a comment below and i’ll be sure to answer!
GOOD LUCK THIS SUNDAY IF YOU’RE RUNNING! I’LL BE OUT THERE TOO!