Saturday, September 18, 2010

Overcoming pre-marathon fear through displacement behaviour

I've been counting down the days until the Sydney Marathon and feeling relaxed and comfortable about it thanks to a mental technique that I've long used to deal with life's big challenges. A very tiny part of my brain registers the event getting closer but the rest of it simply repeats "no problem - plenty of time". The bigger the challenge, the more I do this. However, despite my best efforts and with one day to go before the marathon, I fell prey to a sudden and unwelcome attack of reality today.

To settle the nerves I busied myself happily breaking the first rule of running...
Never get new footwear just before a race. Never ever. It will end tears.

But I'm choosing to belieive that there's a loop-hole in this running law (another trusty mental technique here) that applies to those of us whose footwear consists of rubber flaps tied on with string, especially if said flaps have got to the point where they've been colonized by what feels like a slippery algal growth that thrives on foot sweat.

Luckily I had some spare pieces of Vibram soling so it was a simple matter of tracing around my old huaraches and cutting out the new ones...



Punching the lace holes...



Making a recess for the bottom lace knot...



Lacing them up (that's the old pair festering on the right)...



And we're ready to race !

4 comments:

Christopher J Cornock said...

Good luck with your marathon!
Hope the new kicks work well

shuffleshoes said...

Good work man, saw you. Toby

Kona Macphee said...

I didn't know you could get sheets of Vibram... I was thinking you had to make huaraches the traditional way, out of old tyres :-)

Enjoy the run!

CharieT said...

This is a very cool idea! I was wondering what flops to buy this year and thinking of the cost!!!
Saved already, i'll let you know how it worked out!
Thank you!!