4. Choose a “crisis thought.”
Olympian Kara Goucher chooses a “power word” for every major race. When her mood starts to darken during the most challenging parts of the race she calls upon her power word for comfort and strength. Other runners have special mantras that they use repeatedly for a similar purpose in all of their races and even in tough works.
I myself prefer a tough-love approach. When I start to feel sorry for myself in races and tough workouts I tell myself, “Man up!” Choose your own “crisis thought” that gives you comfort and strength when you need it.