Nervous earlier than your race? Attempt Christmas music

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I do know the headline could appear odd, however belief me, it’s like ketchup and pizza–don’t knock it till you attempt it. Ultrarunner and 24-hour American document holder Nick Coury stated on a latest podcast that he at all times listens to Christmas music earlier than races to assist him keep relaxed.

“Not a lot of you realize this however earlier than all my races, I take heed to Christmas music,” stated Coury. “I discover it soothing and that it helps me really feel grounded and blissful.”

The ultrarunner is one thing of an authority on some esoteric issues, like how you can negative-split an extremely, one thing he attributes his success to with the ability to do. So we belief him on this.

“It stops my adrenaline from spiking or going out too quick,” stated Coury. “It’s put me the place I need to be for the primary few kilometres of a race.”

Photograph: Nick Coury/Instagram

At first, like a lot of you studying this, I believed it was odd. After I gave it an opportunity on my morning run, I couldn’t agree extra. There’s one thing about Michael Bublé or Bing Crosby’s voice that calms your nerves and helps you’re feeling somewhat extra relaxed. 

Photograph: Kevin Mackinnon

Analysis has proven that listening to music can have an effect on the rhythm of your stride and energy degree, so it solely is sensible that Christmas music would have a calming impact as a result of its slower BPM.

Coury might have to persuade me somewhat extra earlier than I begin listening to Mariah Carey at my mid-July observe meet.


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