Between now and October 21, iRun is joining forces with New Balance and elite superhero marathon runners Reid Coolsaet and Rachel Hannah to help you run the race of your life. Each week, we’ll present a new instalment from either Hannah or Coolsaet about how to improve one aspect of your running life. But wait, it gets better! Because New Balance also sponsors Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where Coolsaet will be racing and where we’ll be making a special limited-edition race magazine immediately after the race! Want us to profile you and your run? Simply tell us what you do in response to the phenomenon our race Gods are describing. Make sense? For instance, here’s Coolsaet on how to shake Bad Race Vibes. How do you do it? Let us know, and be included—picture and all—besides our cover stars.
Towards the end, when it really matters and I’m fighting to not slow down, once the pain starts coming—whether its an upset stomach or my quads are burning or my legs feel heavy—if I let that overcome me, I’ll slow down. I have to override those negative thoughts: oh, the race doesn’t mean anything, you can slow down. I have to override that. You’ve worked hard for these last kilometres, keep yourself going and sometimes to take my mind off the pain I’ll remind myself of proper form. Drive your knee, drive your knee, drive your knee. Or: quick steps, take quick steps. My cadence sometimes drops at the end of the race so if I can think about that, maybe the thoughts of the pain might recede. Take it one K at a time, don’t panic. And if you do drop, don’t try and make up for it, but rather try and get back on pace.
I’ll get a little motto when I’m racing. Sometimes it’s like: keep it moving, keep it moving, keep it moving, and I’ll just say that again and again as a reset in my brain. One time I was racing and the pacemaker fell of and I was doing all the leading and the motto was: make them pay, make them pay, make them pay.
Bad vibes in a race are going to happen. You have to override them. Sometimes, you can.
Now share with us your thoughts. How do you keep them demons at bay?