CELEBRATE THE SMALL VICTORIES
Kimball suggests breaking a race down into chunks, each with individual goals. You could aim to maintain good running posture when climbing a hill, or to have a plan to hydrate quickly at aid stations. Each time you check one off, you feel better about your capability to achieve your ultimate race goal. ‘Achieving success more often keeps you more optimistic, which will help you in the later stages of a race,’ he says.