On mental side of running....
It's from the Complete Book of Running edited by Amby Burfoot "The make up of a Champion"
Champions share many characteristics, none of which are determined by their running speeds.
...has the courage to risk failure, knowing that setbacks are lessons to learn from.
...uses a race to gain greater self-knowledge as well as feedback on physical improvement.
...trains thought processes as well as the body to produce a total approach to performance.
...understands his\her athletic weaknesses and trains to strengthen them.
...actively creates a life of balance, moderation, and simplicity-values that help improve running and life.
...views competitors as partners who provide challenge and the chance to improve.
...understands that running performances are like a roller coaster, with many ups and downs, and that you have to accept both the good and the bad.
...enjoys running for the simple pleasures it provides.
...has vision. A champion dreams of things that haven't been and believes they are possible. A champion says,
" I can." The most successful runners think like champions."