Running, I've learned, is basically 98% mental. Once you make your mind up your body will follow. Some days mind and body are in sync and that makes for the perfect run. Some days your mind tries to sabotage your plan. Today I was pulling every mental trick I could just to finish my 6 miles. My first motivator to go at all was my 10:00 pedicure. I didn't want to smush up the polish with socks and shoes by running later. Along the way I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and relying heavily on my iPod shuffle to keep my feet moving. I tried my best to block out the heat (it's already here!) and be grateful for every little breeze. I told myself today's run prepares me for the Heels & Hills Half next weekend, self wasn't really buying it. I got it done, but it took my whole bag of tricks today. Woo.