I struggled to breath about halfway up the first 1/4-mile climb of my hill workout. I am (hopefully) on the tail-end of a nasty cold. The light sprinkle had advanced to dumping rain. Negative thoughts invaded my mind until I forced them out.
“STOP,” I admonished myself, trying to follow the steps laid out in Mark Divine’s “Unbeatable Mind” book. Next I reminded myself, “You are here now. You are not dying of cancer.” And, finally, I reinforced my focus with a mantra.