30 Mar '12, 10pm

Racing tomorrow or Sunday? Here's how to overcome mental roadblocks for your best performance yet:

Whether you're just trying to make it to the finish or you're gunning for an age-group win, you may wrestle with a common inner demon: The pessimist who tells you you'll fail, or the slouch who tempts you to slow down. "When you're standing at the starting line, your physical preparation is complete, but your mental work is only beginning," says coach Greg McMillan. These simple strategies will help you outfox your foes and boost your performance. The Foe: YOUR INNER WORRYWART It's normal to feel panicky and question your training . Top American marathoner Ryan Hall says he's always reminded of Alberto Salazar's quote: "Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards." BEAT IT Hall cancels out negative thoughts by picturing himself racing and finishing strong. "There is power in going somewhere in your mind's eye before you go there physically," he says. Cincinnati sports...

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