Articles on Mental Training

November 26, 2017

How to Climb Out of a Running Slump

Finding yourself stuck in a slump happens to every athlete at least once in their career. It doesn’t matter if your slump is physical or mental, climbing your way out of a rough patch in training or racing can feel like beating your head against a wall. In... 

October 7, 2017

Getting Over a Bad Race

We’ve all been there. Listen in as Coach Claire shares her advice on how to get over a bad race and get back to the grind! Listen iTunesListen Android Audio Transcript Coach Claire Bartholic: Welcome back to the Runners Connect. Today’s... 

September 4, 2017
running and anxiety

Running and Anxiety – When Exercise Is Not Enough

“The day of the Boston Marathon bombings I witnessed a full range of emotion.” Dr. Jeffrey Brown, Harvard Psychologist and Boston Marathon Staff Psychologist for over 16 years, recently spoke with me about anxiety and running. Specifically about what... 

August 30, 2017

The Most Common Mental Blocks for Runners and How to Hurdle Them with Adrienne Langelier

When it comes to running, some days are great, some are mediocre, and some are, well, horrendous. The same is true for runners of all skill level, and this volatility is not only what makes running one of the most challenging sports out there but also... 

January 2, 2017
Getting back into running after years off tests us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sarah Russell is sure to give runner motivation to make it through the struggles and find new beauty in running using the growth mindset, even if your fastest running is behind you.

How to Use the Growth Mindset to Make a Comeback

Getting back into running after years off can bring physical, mental, and emotional struggles. Regardless of whether you are returning to running after an injury, you lost your passion for running, or life just got in the way, getting back into running... 

December 26, 2016
Snow, sleet, rain, heat. We rarely get to run in perfect conditions, but sometimes, trying to get motivated to run seems almost impossible. Helpful tips to get you out the door when you aren't motivated to do anything.

Finding Motivation to Run in Bad Weather

As much as we may love to run, every runner needs running motivation from time to time. Especially during the dark, winter months, when the bed is cozy and warm, and motivation to run in the morning is at an all time low. If this is you, and you are... 

May 2, 2016
The runner blues are more common than we realize, but are often brushed under the carpet. Why do runners feel depressed after a big race, or especially, after we are sidelined with an injury? Here are 7 helpful tips to help you find your mojo again.

7 Ways to Overcome the Runner Blues When You Are Struggling

If anyone tells you that runners don’t get the blues, you know they’re not a runner. Yes, we enjoy all the lovely endorphins that come with our favorite pastime, but as a runner, we occasionally get depressed. Things like injury, bad races, or even... 

April 25, 2016
Love that there is now research on social media! Interesting findings in this article! Sharing our news on social media is normal, but is it helping or hindering self-confidence and self-esteem of runners? To stay happy, here is what to share.

Are Your Online Sharing Habits Destroying Your Confidence?

Social networking sites have never been more popular among runners. You can share your training with your friends, check how your segment PRs stack up against other runners in your area, and check up on what pro athletes do for training, eating, and recovery. Whether... 

January 11, 2016
New Years Resolutions are common, but few stick to them. Make sure you are in the minority with this runner friendly, helpful guide showing you how to make sure you achieve your running goals this year, no matter how big or small.

Apply These 4 Techniques to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions

Have you ever kept a New Year’s Resolution? The Statistic Brain Research Institute reports that only 38% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution and of those who do, only a fraction (8%) actually achieve it. Why are the odds so stacked against you... 

September 28, 2015
Most runners have experienced runner's high, but struggle to explain it. How can we reach that euphoria while running more often? We found some interesting research, and wanted to share 7 tips to help you find your runner's high.

You Want the Runner’s High? Read This

Do you remember when you first started running and someone asked you if you had experienced the runner’s high? Or maybe you are brand new to running yourself, and you have heard others talking about it. Most of us imagined a moment where you feel... 

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