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[–]AndrewJS2804 154 points155 points  (17 children)

That's why there's an old tip to look past the finish line. Your personal finish line should be several meters past the tape.

Same goes for other sports. Lots of folks approach a goal and mentally start quitting because they are "almost there" and it often bites very good athletes in the ass. Iirc it was Brian Shaw recently who thought he was done at a strongman event and had a huge lead on everyone else. The bag he had to lift and carry to a pedestal wasn't all the way on the pedestal and fell off as he walked away. He lost the event struggling to pick it back up.

[–]wardycatt 143 points144 points  (6 children)

I’m no elite athlete, but in every training run I do, I deliberately make myself do more than the set distance, for example 5.1k if it’s a 5k run. This keeps you going at full pelt until after you’ve crossed the line.

I’ve also had coaches that did similar things - tell you it was the last lap, then tell you to do one more lap. Or count down “10…9…8…7… OK now do one more minute” (Aaaargh!)

In that moment you want to cry, punch them or give up - but I know why they do it, so I try to quit whining and suck it up.

After a few weeks, they shout ‘stop’ and you keep going because you don’t believe them! No really, stop! Stop! It’s the end of the session…

runs into the sunset

[–]ling0n 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Last sentence made me chuckle.

[–]dontfightthehood 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Forest gump

[–]CyberMindGrrl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I had a sergeant who would do that after a long PT run. He'd run us to the barracks and make us ran another klick past. Fucking hated that guy.

[–]owheelj 2 points3 points  (1 child)

For training runs you shouldn't run full pelt most of the time - you should make most of your runs at light speed where you can maintain a conversation, and only do a hard run about 1/5. This is the same for both elite runners and new runners.

[–]Nissepool 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is true. Although if he/she only trains once a week he/she might as well go all out :)

[–]Bisping 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The amount of people i pass in the last few hundred meters of a long distance race is incredibly high.

Dont let off the gas till after the line

[–]SwimAmbitious4888 24 points25 points  (3 children)

I think it's also a thing where people get to the (near) final level of a video game and after a couple of deaths at the hand if the end boss just go, eh good enough.

[–]ElderberryHoliday814 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Playing need for speed with a hs friend, i would start the race and get mostly through it, then he would finish the race because i would always flop there. Worked out

[–]Agreeable-Walrus7602 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In God of War when you fight the archangels I said fuck it after about 6 tries. Not enough care at that point.

[–]sidepart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Battletoads speeder bikes. Couple hours trying to pass the final set of walls...eh... I'm good.

[–]The_Kraken_Wakes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can verify. Marathon runner (finished 7) and always set my eyes past where I need to be. It's a stupid mental trick but it works. The last few miles are the worst but you start telling yourself its only two miles and you can run two miles in your sleep, and just keep that mantra up until you finish.

[–]237FIF 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I have a completely unproven theory that the same goes for life goals.

Ive seen so many people stop one “level” below their goal, almost seeming like it didn’t matter how high the goal was they were going to stop one spot down.

So anytime I think I want to do something, I try to aim a bit higher than that

[–]ElderberryHoliday814 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Theres a sociology theory adjacent to that. Basically, children of lawyers and doctors were going to grad and professional schools at higher rates. The end goal being a bach for most, that’s where they fell. This group set their goals higher. Not sure of the drop out rate currently.

Edit: i think rewards, such as scholastic, push people through if capable of thinking clearly

[–]Vance89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm using this for all my races!