Category Archives: Pain & Discomfort

Will Power & Outcomes

“Self-control, known colloquially as willpower, refers to the mental processes that allow people to override any of their thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that compete with their overarching goals.” I wanted to highlight two points that are part of a sound mental game regardless of your goals. Though a bit long and academic for the average person

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Goals Help you Survive the Day

The July/August 2015 issue of the DAV Magazine had a compelling article about Lester Tenney. Mr. Tenney is another WWII veteran – one of the few remaining in an ever-dwindling number. He is one of even fewer who survived the Battaan Death March in the Philippines in 1942 and then imprisonment for more years.  His story

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Sometimes Just Shut Up

If someone close to you has been sidelined from sports for an extended period of time, I’ll bet you’ve tried to cheer them up. Haven’t you searched for magic words or advice could make things better? I watched an interesting video recently of Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a Professional Ballroom Dancer, who survived the Boston Marathon bombings where she lost

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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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Road to Return to Action – Requires Taking Action!

One of the keys to expediting a return to your sport while injured or sick is our attitude and mental focus. It has been shown that those who demonstrate a more positive outlook and learn to focus on controlling the controllables recover faster. It has also been shown that those with clear goals to move

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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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