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8 WAYS TO FEEL LIKE A WINNER EVEN IF YOU’RE MILES OFF THE PODIUM!

YOU DON’T NEED TO RUN FAST TO FEEL FAN TASTIC,YOU JUST HAVE TO CULTIVATE A WINNING MINDSET, SAYS LISA JACKSON

WINNING MINDSET

Call me crazy, but I love, love, love coming last. Genetically I was never built for speed and so I’ve aimed for the place in a race where there’s also only room for one special person: the spot right at the back. And as anyone who’s been there will tell you, you often get even more of a fuss made of you for that than for coming first.

However, often when people hear I’ve come last in 25 of the 108 marathons and ultras I’ve done, they offer their condolences. “At least you finished,” they say, condescendingly. Which utterly amazes me, because I don’t see myself as someone to be pitied, instead someone to be admired for her persistence!

However, such conversations have made me realise that, over the 19 years I’ve been running, I’ve cultivated a bespoke winning mindset, a way of boosting my self-belief even in races where they’d already taken down the finish line by the time I arrived. It was this attitude, and the tricks and techniques I used to sustain it, that kept me going all the way to joining the 100 Marathon Club.

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About Women’s Running

Discover the best running gear of 2017 with the December issue of Women’s Running. In our annual Women’s Running awards, we’ve tried and tested 1,000 running products and, in this issue, we uncover the products that came out on top. While giving you ideas for your Christmas wishlist, we’ll help you to stay motivated too, with stories of amazing women who have used running to transform their health and lifestyles. You’ll also learn how to adopt a winning mindset, so that at every race you feel like a winner, no matter where in the field you finish. And if that’s enough to inspire you to take on a new race challenge next year, head over to our regular race reports section for a taster of some epic races the team have taken part in this season. We’ve also got for you a killer workout for abs and arms, helping you to tone up and improve your form, plus plenty more advice and inspiration to boost your running.