“If you can identify your emotional triggers while running, you can use this to your advantage during a workout or race. You may run because you enjoy it, but you probably also seek some kind of results from your training, so think of these two factors to the same goal. Instead of only enjoying running when you achieve your goals, start by adapting your training so you enjoy it more; you’ll be surprised how your results improve. On the other hand, many competitive runners find that they naturally adopt a sort of “angry” emotional state when they race. We’re innately competitive creatures and for some athletes, a little well-directed anger facilitates competitive performance. If you’re that type of runner, don’t be ashamed—leverage this emotion by listening to some of your favorite "angry" music before a race.”
—Matt Fitzgerald has been running since the age of 11 and has published more than 15 books on running, triathlon, and fitness, including RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel. Learn more at MattFitzgerald.org.
As reported by Bethany Marzewski.