No matter how much training you do or how prepared you feel for the marathon, the pressure of taking part in such a big event, it can take its toll if you’re not careful.
When I did the marathon for the first time last year I definitely felt a lot more nervous as I was stepping into the unknown. However, I set myself a goal to complete it in less than 4 hours and I ensured I focused on this goal throughout. This is definitely a tactic I will be taking with me this year to the Virgin Money London Marathon. Goal setting is something I live by, so why not apply it to challenges like the marathon?
You want to make sure your goal or goals are:
Realistic – don’t set yourself up for failure, push yourself but be realistic
Motivating – you want this goal to keep you going throughout the race
Time Specific – this is optional but I think it will keep you focused on that finish line
Whether it is more of an emotional goal, like completing the race with a charity close to your heart in mind or it’s more of a personal goal like achieving your personal best, this sort of mindset or attitude will most certainly get you over that finish line. It resonates so well with TAG Heuer’s slogan #DontCrackUnderPressure – setting that goal, staying focused and smashing the race.
So to anyone running the Virgin Money London Marathon this year, get thinking about your goals so that you #DontCrackUnderPressure. Good Luck!