How to Relieve Stress

How to Relax Before Race Day

Stay relaxed and focused during your prerace taper

Stress Less

How to Relax Before Race Day // running inspiration signs © Mitch Mandel

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Scaling back miles in the weeks leading up to race day can leave many runners antsy—and tempted to run to calm themselves. But doing unscheduled workouts during the taper (the last two to three weeks of your training) will only put your race at risk. So what’s an anxious runner to do? “Use the time to get mentally prepared,” says Dean Hebert, a certified mental game and running coach based in Tempe, Arizona. The following tips will help reduce nerves and hone mental skills you can use on race day. (Train with these expert marathoning tips from the masterminds at Runner's World!)

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