I read a Runner's World interview with Washington Huskies cross country runner Anita Campbell in which she discusses the amazing season they've been having. She stresses the importance of doing all the little things:
All the strides, drills, stretching, weight training, diet management, sleeping, and lifestyle management has a physical benefit. Though that physical benefit might not show in a day, a week, or even a season, it is there. The mental benefit, however, is incalculable.
Stepping to the line in a championship race is as much about mental preparation as physical preparation. Self-doubt will derail your chances of success, faster even than many physical ailments. And the best way to eliminate self-doubt is to know that at every point leading up to the race, you made a choice to do the extra. You are as prepared as you can be, and there is nothing holding you back from your best performance.
Most coaches stress this. Many athletes try to comply. A few consistently do. Championship teams have built up a culture around doing the little things, the extra. Washington is going to roll on Monday, and everyone on their team knows it. And knows why.