30 Jun '15, 10am

How to psych yourself up—not out—for a new race goal:

This strange new world—people with beeping devices on their wrists and Band-Aids on their nipples—is a bit intimidating. GEAR UP Go ahead and splurge on a technical top or pair of sleek sunglasses. Looking the part can make you feel like less of an outsider. Just get in a few test runs in new gear (especially shoes). ARRIVE EARLY Give yourself at least an hour so you can find parking and make a trip to the porta-potty. Showing up late increases anxiety, says Lucinda Seares-Monica, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist. ELICIT SUPPORT Tell someone—a volunteer, the person next to you at the start—that this is your first race. "The running community is encouraging," says Frank Webbe, Ph.D., a sports psychologist. "Opening up can also be cathartic." FORGET SPEED Don't have a time goal, says Bill Cole of the International Mental Game Coaching Association. You're already guaranteed a ...

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