Tap into the power of a personal mantra to help you get through the rough spots of your runs.
"Use self-talk on race day to help improve your performance as well as enjoyment," Holland says. "Create several mantras that you can call upon when the race gets tough to keep your mentally strong and focused. For example, 'As the race gets longer, I get stronger.' Repeat phrases such as this over and over in your head to take you through the inevitable rough patches."