1. Don’t overanalyze.
Ariana Hilborn, who finished 29th at the recent U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, makes a list of things she did well and things she needs to improve on after a race. “If a race didn’t go well, the first thing I do is determine what went wrong. Was it under my control? If so, then I know I need to focus on that aspect the next time I race.”
The takeaway: Let yourself be disappointed for 5 minutes after a bad race. Time those 5 minutes, then move on. Don’t dwell on it.