Reader Recs: Start Line Mantras

Here is how our readers calm their nerves at the start line.


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We asked our readers:
When the nerves try to creep in, what do you tell yourself to stay positive on the starting line?

Here’s what they had to say…

…on Facebook:

Sonia Johal: I let people run pass me! Control my nerves and once I am relaxed I find I run better. Training again for another London Marathon 2016

Cynthia Zalewski Miller: I know where the bathroom is located!

Lynnsey Pringle: “It doesn’t matter how many people pass you, you’re still doing it”.

Jenny Senior: I paid for this. And I’m like broke, so make it good.

Graciela Juarez: “There are no re-dos in races! And I don’t want to have any regrets for not giving my best.”

Sarah Corbin: I say “Sarah, why are you nervous, it’s just running, you love running!”

…on Twitter:

@SweatStretchEat: You are able, you trained for this.

@TrudyRoberts68: It will soon be over!! 🙂

After going through the responses, our readers love yoga and swimming during a running injury the most!

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