You've heard it before: that annoying voice in your head that starts chattering halfway through a race telling you to quit. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or just crossed the finish line of your first 5K you know what we’re talking about. And while there’s plenty you can do ahead of your race—physically and mentally—to prevent it from happening, it usually will anyway. Even if you’re an Olympic legend like Joan Benoit Samuelson. That’s why she’s come up with several tactics over the years to ward off succumbing to that urge to quit. Here, with the help of Samuelson and Dr. Beth McQuiston, a neurologist, registered dietitian and Abbott Medical Director, we’ve outlined nine ways to get through the toughest parts of any race so you can enjoy the process and finish stronger and better than ever.
Get through the toughest parts of any race with these nine Olympian-approved tips.