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Cap10 countdown: Final tips

Staff Writer
Austin 360

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is just one week away. Haven't registered? There's still time. Visit cap10k.com before 8 p.m. Thursday or head to the Cap 10K Health & Fitness Expo at the Austin Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday or 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

If you've already registered and are starting to experience pre-race anxiety, it's only natural. Pre-race jitters can arise from a combination of nerves, excitement and expectation. Below are a few tips to help you overcome it. It's important that you enjoy the race you've worked hard to prepare for.

Stay positive and visualize your success: Each time a nerve-wracking thought, ahem, races through your mind, turn that negative thought into a positive one. Think "I can do this!" Close your eyes and visualize yourself crossing the finish line.

Run the course: Check out the course map and video on cap10k.com. There are many parts of the route that you can run ahead of time to help familiarize yourself. Fewer surprises equals less stress.

Make a plan: Separate the 10K into manageable segments in your mind. Professional runner Dick Beardsley suggests "run one mile at a time." In the case of the Statesman Cap 10K, separate the race into six miles.

Cut back, conserve energy: You've been training hard for a while. It's time to ease up and rest before the race. Stay off your feet and reduce your weekly mileage significantly this week. Cut back to a strong run on race day.

Gather your resources: Ask friends, family and co-workers to join you at the race. They can either participate with you or cheer for you from the sidelines. There is plenty of fun for everyone along the race course.

Post-race celebration: Reward yourself for a job well done at the finish line. Enjoy the Fabtones music and the post-race thrill on Auditorium Shores. If you are a new runner and this is your first 10K, celebrate the finish. Focus on the accomplishment and the journey you took to cross the finish line. The time on the clock isn't what matters; it's the experience. This goes for seasoned runners and walkers as well.

Congratulations in advance to all Cap 10K participants. Thank you for being a part of the 35th Anniversary Statesman Capitol 10,000.

— Mercedes Orten, event coordinator