Excellent runners also have to solve the problem of success or failure. Game is a complex issue. Arnold wrote a book called “Madness of Sports”, which contains a tennis champion’s situation. He has never joined in an easy game and each time the opposite side was defeated with a close score. On the basis of Arnold’s analysis the tennis champion did this in order to show that his and his adversary’s power is approximately the same, so he wouldn’t feel guilty because of an overbearing advantage to win his opponent and being denounced by his own conscience. This kind of worry mentality seems to be senseless, in fact is not so. Before my running speed finally was increase to qualify the Boston Marathon Race, I had attended marathon race four or five times and didn’t run well all the times. To the last fifteen or twenty seconds, when I knew that I had a chance to win the game, a kind of obvious anxiety appeared to me.
When I surpassed other runners, I felt my movement was a little bit indecent, because it seemed to be wrong that I succeeded while others failed. I sensed my motion was somewhat indecent when I exceeded other running athletes because it seems to be wrong to meet success when others lost. Probably you will never have this perceiving, but you’d better to recognize that you may emerge this kind of perceiving before the match, in this way if you emerge this kind perceiving, you won’t be at a loss.
Certainly, you also have to prepare other things except for mental preparations. If it is an important match, you should try to arrive earlier at the venue so that you could have enough time to drain off the carbon monoxide, which is absorbed into your body when you drive have to notice dietary problems before the game. Eating ordinary carbohydrate containing food can add stamina. However it is not good to overeat, particularly if you don’t need to add two or three ponds of weight. Even though drinking a little bit of alcohol the night before a match could also influence your capacity to achieve a good score in hot weather. Being appropriate in eating and drinking, try to form a good dietary habit and you merely need to obey the usual eating habit before the match.
Take all staff you need because nothing is more depressed than something is forgot during the on-the-spot game. Some runners make a list which is written every requisite staff, from prepared shoelaces to rain gears, everything being included. (Put your shoelaces into an encased knot forever, only in this way you don’t need to stop to tie your shoelaces during the game). Although I didn’t do that, this is certainly a good idea no matter what you do, don’t forget the climate is changing, especially in spring and autumn. For example, when joining in Boston Marathon Race in the middle of April, you must prepare everything to deal with any climate, such as the extremely hot weather in the year of 1976 and the cold wind in the year of 1975.