10 ways to move forwards through your marathon being cancelled

We are living through an unprecedented time. With many countries already on lockdown, borders shut, self-isolation and quarantine frequent through this country, it is a time that nearly all of us haven't seen before.

With so many marathon events and other sporting events being cancelled, I have prepared some guidance on how to move forwards through the disappointment of your race being postponed.

1. Feel the emotion of your race being postponed/cancelled

It is really important not to bury or ignore your feelings of disappointment, frustration and other emotions attached to the race being moved. Recognising these emotions is part of moving through to acceptance.

2. Share how you are feeling with others

While it is important for you to become aware and recognise how you are feeling, it's even more important to share this. This could be in your training journal, but additionally make it a priority to talk to others about how you are feeling about your race being cancelled.

3. Recognise how far you have come on your marathon journey

Often we can be so focused on where we want to go or what we want to achieve, we get bypassed by how much we have achieved along the way. Take some time to reflect on this training cycle and how far you have come.

4. Race day doesn't define you

Building off of number 3, your performance on your marathon day doesn't define whether this training cycle or marathon journey is a success or not. This journey you are/have been on is more about your memories, your overcoming of challenges, your laughs, your tears, and everything else that is important to you that you've learnt or experienced along the way.

5. Reflect on this marathon journey and training cycle

As you are looking back over your training cycle, reflect what was successful and what can be improved next time. I encourage a ratio of 3:1. For every 1 area you identify to improve next time, identify 3 areas that were successful in this cycle.

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