Author Archives: Coach Dean

Keeping Competition Results in Perspective

A version of this post was previously posted in The Running World According to Dean. It’s important to be passionate about what you do. Wanting and striving to be the best we can be; breaking personal records – winning championships – beating opponents – winning medals – gathering t-shirts. But keeping race performances in perspective

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Youth and Applied Sports Psychology

I work extensively with youth athletes from many sports. They come to me with support from their parents and sometimes at the urging of their parents. I’m pleased to say that more often than not I meet well-meaning, objective and intuitive parents. They want what is best for their youth athlete. But they see my

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Out of Sight – Out of Mind

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? How are you progressing towards your running, racing or personal health goals? One month into the New Year do you feel like you’re dropping off? We know that goals have to be measurable, specific, have time frames and be written down. A key to keeping ourselves

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Awfulizing

“Awfulizing” is a term coined for over reactions and characterizations of a situation. This term is used in behavioral psychology, and often quoted from Albert Ellis. I’ve added my expanded definition below. awfulize v: 1: to make a situation out to be worse than it really is 2 : to complain characterizing a mundane issue

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part II

This is a continuation on the Top 4 Mental barriers for Endurance Athletes. Barrier #2 – “I’ll practice mental toughness on my good days or when I’m ready.” Mental toughness is rarely shown when everything is going your way. It is demonstrated when things go awry. It is demonstrated when every adversity you can think

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Top 4 Mental Game Barriers for Endurance Athletes – Part I

Ask any endurance runner what part of marathoning or ultramarathoning is mental and the answers are as variable as the people you ask. While one runner will state with certainty “it’s 90% mental” another will equally assertive state “it’s 10% mental”. The truth is no one has THE answer. And the answer will differ by person.

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Breaking Comfort Zones – Requires Risk Taking & Practice

Coach Joe English is a long-time friend and coaching partner. We’ve done a long video series on many aspects of running and racing (I think they are worth the watch – but I am biased). I’ve always valued his intellect, humor and insightfulness. Two of his recent posts are personal and thought-provoking. I wanted to build on one of those topics about

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