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Handling the nerves
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Kelly Holmes in the centre of a race
Studying your opponents is very important

Kelly Holmes

Myself and my coach always study my opponents. We look at their past and current form and what they're capable of.

You basically know how the top runners are going to approach the race.

Kelly Holmes looks on before a race
Nerves are all part of the parcel

But you have to try and find your own strength and adjust them to how you think the race is going to go.

The big race nerves start to build when I'm warming up. And they get even worse just before I pull up to the starting line.

Sometimes when I walk out onto the track I think: "What am I doing here? Why do I put myself through this?"

But that's when you really get into your focus - you think about all the things that are pre-set in your mind and focus on the race you're going to run.


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