26 Sep '12, 1pm

Bad run? Get over it. "if u take 5 steps forward & 1 step back, you're still 4 steps ahead."

Bad run? Get over it. "if u take 5 steps forward & 1 step back, you're still 4 steps ahead."

"It's taken me a long time to be okay with not being competitive," says Larrieu Smith, a 1992 Olympic marathoner at age 39. "Even past 40, I put too much pressure on myself to perform--to do this or that to get faster. It was far too stressful. I've learned to accept a slower training pace." Since our self-image is often dependent on narrow standards of achievement, Larrieu Smith's ability to finally let go is a lesson for us all. Her acceptance extends to her weight. "I'm a little heavier than I used to be, and I'm learning to be okay with that, too," she says. "A lot of people get caught up with losing those last 5 pounds. But that has more to do with vanity than health." Solution: You're a different runner at different stages of your life. The trick is to be comfortable with the changes you experience. Stress Producer: Pursuing Perfection If your running program is high...

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