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