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In almost every moment of my life, there is some element of mental preparation for a race: waiting in line at a grocery store, driving to a trailhead, lying down for bed, stretching and foam rolling—it can all be used as mental training. I use these times to envision patience, to think about enduring pain, to imagine pushing harder. Of course, the best mental preparation occurs while actually training, i.e. when redlining during a hill workout, or when trying to keep it easy during a recovery run. All of this is a way-of-life for me, because even if my next race is two months out, my mind is subconsciously preparing for it. Now, this doesn’t mean I’m constantly verbalizing my mental whereabouts. That’d be annoying. No one cares. In keeping my mental training to myself, I’m able to develop a close, very confident relationship with my mind. Come race day, I believe that I am a mental machine of impenetrable greatness.