Four tips to help overcome pre-race jitters

Let's say you've selected an event, signed up and trained. You get to the start and you're so nervous you feel like you might pass out. Intellectually you know it's only a local 5-miler, but emotionally it feels like an Olympic final. Back in 1972, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman ever to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was still a men's-only race. (She ran it unofficially in 1967.) She went on to run more than 40 marathons, winning New York once and finishing second in Boston several years after the inaugural run. She's about the smoothest operator, but she admits she used to get so nervous before a race she almost couldn't function.

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