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I ran my first 10k yesterday - it was a tough one (lots of hills and a VERY hot day!) - and so my time wasn't exactly what I had hoped for.
However, as much as the heat and the hills didn't help, I could have done much better if my mind had been in a better place - I started off thinking "this is going to be really hard, I'm not sure I can do it", by the 7k mark I was thinking "I can't do this, it's too hard" and by the end I had had a couple of 'breakdowns' with tears and thinking "I really can't do this" and ended up walking most of the last kilometre, although I know I had the energy to keep running.
So my questions is this - how do you get yourself into that postiive state of mind when you're just not feeling it? Does telling yourself 'I can do this' over and over actually work? It all seems a bit too cheesy to actually work. How can I overcome this? Suggestions most welcome!