Just before the Beijing Olympics Japanese marathon runner Atsushi Sato was asked by Running times magazine ‘what does a runner need to run well?’
Satos’ answer was “there are three factors an athlete would need to win or run well:
1) You have to be healthy on the start line, with training having gone well, and no little niggles.
2) Having confidence, to feel good about your training, and knowing you have done the work to compete for a medal.
3) The ability to relax going into the race, without feeling the pressure or stress