How many of you have felt a let-down after a big competition of some kind? How many of you after months of preparation for a marathon feel in the dumps soon after you’ve completed your race? How many of you had feelings of depression, the blues, or simply been seemingly sapped of all motivation after
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One of the most common requests I get is “how do i integrate the mental part of running” in everyday training. In fact in a recent survey that was #2 most common request. I’ll run a series of articles on just how to do that over the coming weeks. But, I want to start with
Building on discussions we had at camp here is a video that further discusses competitive mental game aspects. Coach Joe and I have a discussion about the racing mindset. Every high school cross country runner will learn plenty from this short video – OK maybe even the seasoned road warrior too! Desert Series Episode 20
Time and time again I encounter days that either I or many of the runners I coach just feel like crap during warm-ups. Perhaps it’s during those first easy portions (notice I avoided saying miles) of getting going. Other times you know that feeling as you put your shoes on and step out the door.
(Originally written – Summer 2009) A mindset is a set of thought patterns and beliefs that drive our behaviors. We have mindsets about many aspects of our lives. We have a mindsets about work, play, family and more. We also have overarching mindsets that color our worlds such as optimist or pessimist. The “athlete mindset”
There are many interpretations and personal views of what mental toughness is. It can be the ability to endure discomfort; the ability stay focused in the midst of a bad performance; the ability to persist where others quit; the ability to stand the pressure of the moment; the ability to ignore distractions; or the ability