NEW YORK—October 30, 2008
The more than 90,000 participants in the year's ING New York City Marathon will need to be in top physical and mental shape to conquer the streets of New York. This marathon attracts elite and amateur runners from around the world and is one of the most demanding as well as prestigious races of the year.
"Physical training for this type of major sporting event is grueling," says Jenny Susser, Ph.D., sports psychologist at the Women's Sports Medicine Center at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. "The impact of months, if not years, of training all leading up to one day can be psychologically and emotionally draining for even the toughest of athletes. Preparing yourself mentally can dramatically improve your overall performance and experience." According to Dr. Susser, every athlete should consider the following tips to maintain and improve his or her mental game:
After the race, even if you ran it perfectly and shattered your goal time, be prepared for a "let down" period. "You put a tremendous amount of energy, time, emotion and even money into your preparation, so do not discount the importance of what you have accomplished," says Dr. Susser. "It will feel like the week after final exams – both physically and mentally exhausting."
Depending on how tough it was to prepare for and run the marathon, some people even feel a little depressed afterwards. "All of this is normal and typically passes quickly, so just grab the tissue and let it all hang out," counsels Dr. Susser. "Talk to your peers if you need some support, they are going through the same thing. But most of all, celebrate what you have accomplished!"
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.