As we get into league finals, conference finals, regionals, and so on, the stakes get higher and higher. The nerves play a big part. I recall watching a young Olympian in the semi-finals of the 100 meters in Athens in 2004. He was a nervous wreck. Then, I watched another, athlete, who had competed in big meets, who kept his cool. Guess who performed better?
Jakub Ingebrigtsen manages his daily stress. How do you manage your stress? photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto
Most humans get nervous before stressful events. The key is to harness that energy to accomplish something. Athletes who perform under pressure practice it in workouts. Some tell me that their workouts are much more intense than their races.
How do you deal with stress?
This is your workout for today, May 20, 2022, Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x150m stride outs, cooldown
2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 19, Day 5
Monday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown
Tuesday: Warm-up, 30 minutes moderate running, 8 x 300m, cut downs, 200 m walk-jog between, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown
Wednesday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes, moderate running, 6 x 150m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: Warm-up, 8 x 400m, 3000m pace, 200m jog, 6 x 150m, stride outs, cooldown
Friday: warm-up, 40-50 minutes moderate running, 6 x150m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm-up, primary race distance or, 3 miles, sprint straights, jog turns, cooldown
Sunday: 75-80 minutes moderate pace, on trails