20 Apr '12, 5pm

Mental tricks to get you through running's toughest moments:

Mental tricks to get you through running's toughest moments:

In 2006, Michelle Barton tackled California's Orange Curtain 100-K , which is 10 circuits on a 10-K out-and- back course. "It stank," says the 38- year-old from Laguna Niguel, California. "It was one of my most painful races—mentally and physically." But then, around mile 50, she had an epiphany: "If it's going to hurt, I want it to hurt for a reason." She dug in, pushed hard, and won the race in 10:24. Elite runners often say that their ability to push through excruciating bouts of discomfort is integral to their race performance. "After you've built up your base mileage , it's really about how much pain you can take," says Barton, who once ran five 100-mile races within six weeks. "You have to reach into yourself and find that toughness." As runners propel themselves forward, some measure of discomfort is normal (provided it's not a sign of a serious issue; see "Stop Rig...

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