Maximize Your Running Potential, Training and Times - with Mental Training

Program Your Inner Machine for Success

Are You A Distance Runner Who Trains Well, But Performs Badly at Track Meets, Marathons or Cross Country Races?

No problem.  Running is a unique sport where the mind plays a particularly enormous role in your performance.

I worked with a large number of runners as they are naturally drawn to mental training in greater numbers than most sports, because they instinctively understand what a secret weapon mental training is over their competitors.

This is because, compared to other sports (where there is loads of equipment and other performance aids), running is basically just you, out there - your body and your thoughts, nothing else. 

This means runners are often highly evolved in their general awareness - and are acutely aware of the mental side of their sport, compared to many other sports.

This is because it requires powerful mental resources - and the simple act of training regularly instills a high level of self-awareness about their own bodies, within most runners.

Why Are Training Times Faster?

When race times are slower than training times, athletes quickly seem to understand the mental aspect is equally responsible, as the physical side of their performance - and this level of realization is at its highest in running.

A powerful body + a powerful mind = running success

After many years we began to notice consistent patterns with most runners, and the challenges and issues they deal with.

Rhythm, breathing, remaining focused, injury niggles, worrying about competitors... most competitive runners seem to basically be concerned about all the same things.

Of course, the mind controls all these aspects, in one place - this is why mental training is such a great way to bring everything together in your performance.

Here is a good cross section of the areas it strengthens for performance..

Mind Training Benefits

Mind Training Benefits:

* Belief and confidence under race pressure

* Overcome intimidation from other competitors

* Overcoming Nerves - before and during a race

* Energy and Endurance

* Overcoming Pain during the race

* Handling competitor's attempts to pass, or catching those out in front

* Staying consistently strong with good pace and stride throughout the run (and also on hills for cross country runners)

* Concentration during performance, in both training and races

* Daily motivation to train

* Coming home hard at the finish of a race with a burst of acceleration

* Accessing your 'Zone' - the peak performance state

Mental training delivers results in all these areas fairly quickly, because the subconscious controls them all.

Almost without exception, those who train both their mind and their body seem to consistently get the edge over those who only train physically.

  Keys to Success

Mental training increases the power, smoothness and fluidity of performance.

This allows you to flow over the ground more instinctively. focus deeply, access your greatest stamina and acceleration, tap into your perfect stride and rhythm - and anticipate potential setbacks.

In general, it brings everything together so you can worry less.

For instance, having the belief in your fitness and endurance, feeling calm and in control, and remaining fully aware of your own form, energy levels, performance and general position in the race.

Having the awareness of pacing yourself, responding to your competitor’s moves, maintaining a strong steady pace and rhythm throughout uphill and downhill runs, achieving your running times, maintining your technique, and coming home hard with acceleration at the finish.

These are all signs of a mentally tough competitor. So what does mental training entail? At the very least, running your performance throughout your mind in the weeks leading up to your event, imagining your peak performance on the day.

To build further upon this, it would involve an efficient and regular relaxation exercise, to reduce stress and teach your mind and body how to remain in a calm relaxed state, no matter what is going on.

There are also sports psychologists, mental trainers, hypnosis recordings (such as the on this site), and mental techniques such as meditation, which prepare your mind before an event, and coach your mind into shape in the leadup to your event.

See below for more information and mind-training products.

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* Audio - 'The Power of Visualisation & Belief'

* Audio - 'The Power of Visualisation & Belief'
- Craig Townsend explains how these transform performance.

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