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Mantras are fine, but to really reach your potential, shut up your inner critic:

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n."—John Milton, Paradise Lost As I approached mile 19 of the Run for the Red Pocono Marathon feeling exhausted, a voice whispered that this race was not meant to be. I was pushing for a 3:30, a time I'd been chasing for five years. The temperature was cool. The Pennsylvania course barreled downhill. Prime personal-best conditions—save for the words in my head. You've done your best, the voice said in a calm, caring tone. I inhaled, pretending, as I had many times before, that I wouldn't listen. But when it said—It's okay to slow down —I conceded, dropping to a shuffle, finishing the race far off my goal time. For years, I'd clung to the idea that better physical training would propel me through these tough spots. But repeatedly, after solid 16-week training programs filled with long runs a...

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