Posts Tagged ‘sports psychology’

The Top Four Mental Barriers For Endurance Athletes

The Top Four Mental Barriers For Endurance Athletes

Ask any endurance runner what part of marathoning or ultra running 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 assertively state “it’s 10% mental”. The truth is no one has THE answer. And the answer will differ by […]

Summer Mental Toughness Boot Camp Coming!

Summer Mental Toughness Boot Camp Coming!

It’s one thing to read articles about mental toughness or the mental game of sports and it is quite another to be mentally tough! If you want to go beyond some of the articles I’ve shared here and get guidance on how to apply them and practice them – then read on. So, if you […]

Mental game coach? Are you crazy?

Mental game coach? Are you crazy?

Recently I had a couple athletes mention to me that they weren’t sure if mental game coaching was warranted for them. They alluded to must being “abnormal” or “kinda crazy” if someone would need a mental game coach. It’s a curious stigma attached to mental game coaching field. Mental game coaching, mental toughness coaching, or […]

Wishing Hoping and Praying are not Confidence

Wishing Hoping and Praying are not Confidence

I wish I were a better at … I hope I do well… I pray that I have a good day… These are common statements from people as they relate to how they feel or think they will perform in an their upcoming contest. They also indicate a lack of confidence. Confidence is a construct […]

I Had a Great Run – Now What?

I Had a Great Run – Now What?

This is the second part of my last post. I discussed what happens to runners when they experience “bad run days” and that they are not necessarily an indicator of losing conditioning or being out of shape suddenly due to that workout. Now I want to contrast that with a really great run – “great […]

I Had a Bad Run – Now What?

I Had a Bad Run – Now What?

Everyone who runs has experienced it. Things just don’t feel right. Your rhythm is off and you can’t find your pace. You struggle with breathing – chest restricted, shortness of breath, shallow breathing. Your muscles don’t cooperate. You feel stiff…sore…nothing flows. Your stride is off. You don’t have any zip. You may even feel aches […]

Finding reasons to run – Meaning = Motivation

Finding reasons to run – Meaning = Motivation

There are as many reasons to run as there are people. We run to relieve stress. We run to feel free of “life” events. We run to enjoy the shear movement. We run to feel powerful and in control. We run to sightsee – what better way to get to know someplace new right? We […]

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, […]

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 […]