Category Archives: Competition

Finish it!

Finishing a competition sounds simple and pretty basic. You start. You perform. You finish. It amazes me how many athletes “blow it” by letting up or putting on a show. It’s not just undisciplined it’s lazy, sloppy and insulting to others in the competition. But then a gain, maybe that is their point – to

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Coaching Dilemma – Athlete Dilemma – Part II

Previously I addressed the issue of athletes going off to college and confronted with the reality of the pressures of collegiate competition and coaches. This time I want to discuss the high school youth athlete who has a conflict with their club and school teams. What do you do then? The conflicts between club coaches

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Mental Toughness and Patience

Mental toughness most often described as that ability to push through pain or discomfort or to hang in there when the going gets tough. But mental toughness is not that narrow of a construct. One other form or aspect of mental toughness is patience. Patience requires discipline. Patience requires focusing on the right things at

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Last Best

Personal Records (PR) or Personal Bests (PB) are the best you have ever run at a particular distance, race, or course. Here’s your question: When did you realize that you would never run faster than your PR? Logic, physiology and statistics all clearly indicate that humans cannot continue to improve indefinitely. Somewhere along the way we stop improving.

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Finishing Last

“I’ll be the slowest one out there.” “I’ll be last.” In every race, someone has to finish last. True. And no one actually has it as a goal to finish last. Like Jennifer’s friend in this article I have often said “Chances are, that’s not going to happen.” I mean, come on, if there are 1000

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Lucky Headbands and Lucky Socks = PR!

We all look for an edge – the edge. You know, the one that will get us that cherished victory, a new personal record time or distance. We will even create that edge when it doesn’t exist. Don’t get me wrong. I want athletes to think in ways of tilting the playing field to their

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Focus starts with Focus

I can’t tell you how often I get inquiries to help get someone to “focus better”. The problem is deeper and broader than something like “keep your eye on the ball”, or “count your breaths”, or “use your cue phrase”. Focus requires a focus. It requires a comprehensive concentration on your ultimate goal. So before

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Youth Runners – Is Mental Game Training Needed?

[I will soon be releasing a white paper on mental game training and youth runners. This is a portion of what is presented.] Here are several common questions and some comments I have overheard on the topic of youth runners, performance and the role of their mental game: My coach says it’s all in my head.

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Funny Things People Say About Mental Game Training

No doubt that when it comes to a person’s weaknesses the last thing someone wants to do is advertise them. But let’s look at this a bit closer. Any of the following are considered weaknesses in sports: trouble dribbling to your left; hitting high and inside pitches; finishing with a blazing kick; or hitting from the rough;

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Just One More Revisited

I wrote about my Just One More Approach years ago and included it as one Excuse Buster strategy in “Coach I didn’t run because…” It is simple. It is effective. It can maintain momentum by keeping the focus on doing the right things and not resting on one’s laurels. It can stop losing streaks by keeping

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