25 Sep '13, 4pm

How to stay calm and confident when your mind is filled with prerace nerves:

Never mind the long runs, the intervals, the hill repeats. Ask runners what the most challenging part of training is, and many will say the taper. Indeed, anxiety, panic, and crankiness often come along with decreased mileage leading up to a race. Olympic Marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson called it "PMS: Pre-Marathon Syndrome." Of course you know the value of scaling back—muscle fibers heal, extra glycogen (or fuel) is stored, the immune system rebounds. But when you've grown accustomed to pushing hard and enjoying the endorphin buzz that follows, tapering can make you feel like an addict going through withdrawal. Despite her expertise, Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., still experiences taper madness. After training for the 2012 Omaha Marathon, the director of the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology in Mankato, Minnesota, almost decided to scrap the race and sign...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/how-to-deal-wit...

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