Ever find it difficult to get in the mood for a workout? You’re not alone. Even the most dedicated athlete needs help from time to time to get ready and get focused on the workout. That is where pre-practice routines come in. Much like a pre-race routine or in other sports a pre-shot routine; it
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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”
As I start my journey once again back from injury every word I ever spoke to athletes on the mental game came back to haunt me. I went on a four mile run a couple days ago. I wanted a good effort. My goal was a tempo run pace of 7:00/mile (about right for my
You can now order my new eBook on goal setting – Screw the Goals Give me the Donut. You will also get a free copy of my eBook “Focus for Fitness” the perfect companion book.Over the years I’ve had a lot of discussions even debates about setting goals. Most often the debate with individuals end
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