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When you get to the starting line of your next race, believe in the work you’ve done. No training block leading up to a race is ever ideal, and most races rarely go completely as planned. Be adaptable, and focus on what you have done rather than what you haven’t. Jones believes you can only do what you can do, and it’s important to believe in what you have done.
In a world of information overload, breakthroughs can be harder to come by because you always know where you stand — or you think you do. Ditch your watch, run unmarked trails or roads and leave your limits at home. Renew your focus away from the stresses of external gadgets and let the performances and new PRs you yearn for find their way to the surface. It’s that simple.
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This piece first appears in the March 2014 issue of Competitor magazine.
About The Author:
Bobby Reyes is a freelance writer and sub-30-minute 10K runner based in Gunnison, Colo.