Does positive thinking run the risk of being delusional? At the last minute before the Goodlife Fitness Victoria half marathon, I decided to leave my phone at the starting line along with the ability to call my husband to rescue me en route. After all, it was a glorious October morning with the promise of a sun-warmed run framed by brilliant coloured canopies of trees. Why wouldn't I think with giddy pre-race excitement that the route's aesthetics would miraculously cure my IT band and aching knee? The catch was I hadn't run this distance without pain this training season. The night before the race, I noticed for the first time the medical form on the back of the bib number where you can list an emergency contact and I actually filled it out. I was OK with walking, if I had to. In fact my strategy was to run eight minutes, then walk for one minute. My fear was that my right leg would ...Read More.