Ah…the mental game!
Building a strong mental game can help you on race day
By Alex Hutchinson Friday, August 19, 2016, 8:57 am
For decades, sports psychologists have told runners that focusing on the act of running is the best way to chase PRs. But what are you supposed to think about? New research suggests that certain midrun thought patterns are helpful, while others can do harm. And the more mental tactics you practice, the more likely you are to have one that works in any race situation, says researcher Noel Brick, Ph.D. “Inexperienced runners use distraction not because it’s effective, but because they don’t know any other options,” Brick says. “I think of it as cards in a deck: If one isn’t working, which will I play next?” To master the mental side of your fall race, start training to use these tactics now.
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