Why the right mindset is important

When it comes to racing, having the right mindset can make a big difference to how you perform. A little positivity and self-belief can go a long way.

After setting a PB at the Dewsbury 10k, and winning a 10,000m track race, I was definitely feeling optimistic that my next run – the Wombwell five miles – would be a good one. The aim was to get a five mile PB. I thought I’d have a good chance. I was in the right mindset, and I was  looking forward to the race.

Then my friend Mark opened his mouth. ‘You’ll probably not run well at Wombwell,’ he said. ‘Don’t be disappointed.’

Mark is a good friend, a very good friend actually, and a lovely person with no malice in him whatsoever. But sometimes, just sometimes, he’s been known to open his mouth before engaging his brain.

‘Yer what?’ I said.

‘You’ve done a lot recently. I don’t want you being disappointed.’

Until Mark mentioned it, I’d never thought about not doing well. I wasn’t being arrogant. It’s just that I don’t spend my days thinking about Continue reading

What a race! Dewsbury 10km

The chart said NO! It was not possible to break 41 minutes at the Dewsbury 10km road race.

Based on my recent performances over 3,000m and 5,000m, the chart thought I was capable of running 41.15.

This would have been a three second PB, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Deep down, I’d wanted to break that 41 minute barrier.

I felt a bit disappointed. Perhaps the chart was wrong. Perhaps it had mixed up the numbers, added on a few seconds. But the chart doesn’t lie. It’s realistic. There’s a formula behind it.

‘Don’t worry,’ my friend Dave said. ‘You’ve not had the build up. Just enjoy it, see where you’re at.’

Dave talks sense. I’d not had the build up. I’d spent Christmas on the Prosecco, celebrating my engagement to Chris. Then there was the training group Christmas party, where I had a few Continue reading