Dude,I totally hear you about the anticipation of pain. It gets in my head as well. Nice 'Tropic Thunder' quote BTW.
I never though much about the mental aspects of racing, but it seems like it can be a GIGANTIC limiter! I've had issues in other sports, but I thought racing would be a different animal-apparently not as a race I did this weekend showed me. Anyway, best of luck and I hope that you're getting a lot out of "Brain Training for Runners". I'll have to pick that up, sounds like a good read!
well princess, it's time to toughen up! ditch the numbers, shut up and just run....you know how to suffer so that's not an issue, you know you can endure discomfort, so just stop focusing on those external limiters when you are racing. and if you do blow up, just make sure that it is pretty spectacular, like crawling/projectile vomiting spectacular.i think that i broke 40 min for a 10k for the first time when i was 12, almost 13...and i wasn't super fit and i didn't know much about racing/training(not like now ;) ) but i just wanted to WIN. there was a little tv for the prize and i desperately wanted a tv. it was pretty simple.
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