The potential elite runner must realize that hard means hard, easy means easy and they must patiently seek out what combinations work for them. They have to learn to be persistent and patient with their training and racing.
To put it another way, Michael Jordan was a gym rat.
A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.
So, in a way I was hedging and saying that if the Olympic stuff doesn't work out at least I can be a lawyer.
Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going, focusing on running fast and relaxed. Eventually it passes and the flow returns. It's part of racing.