Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology





In small groups, consider the following questions:

  1.  What is your understanding of each strategy?

  2.  How would you apply the proposed strategies?

  3.  Are there any strategies that you feel are missing?

  4.  When would it be useful/when would it not be useful?

  5.  How does our approach align/contrast with your consultancy beliefs?

  6.  Pros/cons

  7.  Are there any other comments you wish to make?

You can draw on the following examples of reasons why runners have thoughts around the urge to stop or slow down:

  1.  Just over half way point of marathon and could not believe I had to run the same distance again. Could also see people running towards the finish by this point

  2.  It feels mental. My legs are not even close to tired, but I feel overwhelmed and can’t be comfortable where I am. I can’t quite figure it out, but I mentally give up and slow down significantly or walk. I have never dropped out.

  3.  Heat. Irritation that my teammates and I had planned to run together but circumstances transpired that we were not setting off at the same time, so it was not fun as I’d been expecting a different race. I also stopped as the heat was making me feel strange physically and my anxiety around damaging myself kicked in. Just unprepared to be alone really.

  4.  I let the marathon get in my head and control my thinking from the first couple of miles.

  5.  Set out too fast and then realised I wouldn’t be getting a PB. It hurt and I felt “why bother”?

  6.  Probably because I got nervous about the pain I was going to feel.

  7.  After a few miles of hill and turning a corner to be faced with another hill I felt deflated.

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