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NERVE DAMAGE

HAVE YOU EVER PICKED UP AN INJURY SHORTLY DURING A RUN YOU WERE PARTICULARLY WORRIED ABOUT BEFOREHAND? THAT MAY HAVE BEEN A COINCIDENCE OR, AS MICHAEL DONLEVY EXPLORES, IT MAY HAVE BEEN BECAUSE OF A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN ANXIETY AND INJURY

”ELITE ATHLETES KNOW THEIR OWN BODIES EXTREMELY WELL. IF AN ATHLETE BECOMES ANXIOUS ABOUT INJURY OR ILLNESS, THIS IS A RELIABLE INDICATOR OF THE DEGREE OF SERIOUSNESS”

I could feel the anxiety in my limbs – in every fibre – as I stood shaking on the start line. The stress of training for my first race, of reaching peak condition at precisely the right time, had distilled down to this moment, and it had taken its toll. Now, the question was whether I could suppress the nerves enough to finish the race without injuring or embarrassing myself. I felt alone and exposed, as if I was the only person who had ever felt this way.

It turns out I wasn’t. Elite athletes who worry about symptoms of illness before a big competition are five times more likely to suffer injury during that competition. Five times(!), say researchers at Linköping University in Sweden.

They didn’t just pluck a number out of thin air. They gave 300 athletes from more than 50 countries a questionnaire about their ‘health status’ to complete one month before the World Athletics Championships in 2015.

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Here comes the sun! And with it, lots of blokes in shorts too short and vests too tight. The sunshine will, inevitably, be gone in a flash, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t capitalise on your renewed sunny disposition by, say, signing yourself up to one of the 100 events featured in this issue's Ultimate Race Guide – featuring 5Ks, ultramarathons and everything in-between. Elsewhere, urban-running contributor Scott Cain looks at the need for all runners – particularly in big cities – to take note of their local air quality; Jim Old meets a man who, fresh from completing the 'triple seven', has had quite the week; Michael Donlevy explores the link between pre-race nerves and increased risk of injury; and Simon Ward looks at the all-abilities-welcome approach of the modern running club. All that, plus the usual training tips, kit reviews, race reports and running news in your July issue of Men’s Running