Archive for the ‘Sports Psychology’ Category

Are ultra runners normal?

Are ultra runners normal?

So what is normal? I have been asking myself this question ever since I crossed the finish line at the San Diego 100. Is it normal for a person to be an overweight man sitting around the house one day and three years later become a person who runs ultras or 100 mile races? I […]

Stress and the Athlete -The Myth of “I can handle it”

Stress and the Athlete -The Myth of “I can handle it”

Stress is a fascinating subject area. People talk a lot about “all the stress” they are under or “how stressful” life is. Some people walk around in a perpetual state of being “stressed”. Stress itself has good and bad properties. Physically – without some stress on the body we become a blubbering piece of flab. […]

Runners Cheat

Runners Cheat

Come on admit it. Runners cheat. Step away from the auto-excuse button and just see it for what it is. I’m not talking about performance enhancing drugs or blood doping. I’m talking about runners and their behaviors. What behaviors? The ones that get us all in trouble though we hate to admit it. We shorten, […]

Discipline is More than Training Hard

Discipline is More than Training Hard

Discipline in sports is so often equated to working hard. Most athletes would agree that it requires discipline to improve. It requires singleness of thought and deed. Discipline is required to follow a training program. Discipline is needed to stay on paces that are prescribed for runners. Discipline is needed to go the distance and […]

Mental Toughness Myth #1 – “I’ll think tough the week of the race”

Mental Toughness Myth #1 – “I’ll think tough the week of the race”

A funny thing happened on the way to the meet one day. A couple runners asked me how they could be more “mentally tough” in the race that weekend. It’s not uncommon that an athlete believes that being mentally tough is like flipping a switch. So the switch has been in the “off” position for […]

Falling Short of Goals

Falling Short of Goals

Today I was approached by a woman who feels she has tried just about every weight loss approach known. She losses a portion of her weight initially yet never sticks to a program long enough to reach her ultimate goal. Her frustration continues to grow stronger with each attempt. As frustrated as she may be, I […]

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness

“It is mental power that separates the exceptional from the very good. When athletes are lining up to compete against each other at a high level, there will be nothing to choose between them, talent for talent, training for training. What separates them is what goes on behind the eyes” Franck Dick. Former coach to […]

Release the Beast Within

Release the Beast Within

I’ve come to just enjoy this term – “beast”. My step-son and his circle of friends brought it to my world quite a number of years ago. (I don’t know where they got it or if they invented the term. But they introduced me to the term.) It’s come to encompass an entire concept for […]

Challenge Comfort Zones for Breakthrough Performances

Challenge Comfort Zones for Breakthrough Performances

In sports psychology a comfort zone is a zone in which an athlete continues to perform at a level which may not be indicative of their capabilities. They find it difficult to reach that next “breakthrough.” Sometimes it shows when we practice but most definitely shows while racing. The athlete may self-destruct on the verge […]

Running in Comfort Zones

Running in Comfort Zones

Whether we like to admit it or not we are creatures that seek pleasure. Seldom do we seek out what makes us uncomfortable. In fact we tend as a society look at “those people who do enjoy pain” as deviants. Many athletes indeed push themselves. But the curious thing is that even there, most athletes […]