1. Set my race goal, but don't make that goal my master.
  2. A fast time or PB isn't my sole aim. If I PB great, if I don't great, finishing is my main goal. In trying to achieve anything great it's likely I'll have more disappointments than people will see, but it's about continuing with good spirt whether I win or lose.
  3. Don't listen to the ego or other people's opinions.
  4. Focus on what I can control and work hard in training. Although I've completed a 60+ mile week. That's not a guarantee of anything come race day.
  5. Be relaxed and face all the challenges of race day. I can't control the external elements but I can control how I react to them.
  6. Fast marathons are the result of long and solid training buildups. Although I'm not looking past this race, this is part of that buildup as I approach the races for 2018.
  7. I've learnt from Tokyo, there's things outside of my control, but I can choose to have a good attitude and enjoy the great opportunity to run the Chicago marathon.
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2 comments

  1. Wishing you the best with it and hopefully see you at Ealing beforehand! For me the most important point is always to enjoy races as much as I possibly can, and smile for at least a good chunk of it!

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