Mental Strength

Relance RL-01 Review

I enjoy testing new running products so when shoe start-up Relance from France ask me to test their new shoes, I was excited. As runners, we’ve been blessed with lots of new shoe companies over the last 15 years. All bring their unique outlook to helping us enjoy our running more and Relance is no…
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Failure is Just a Steppingstone

In the 1984 Olympic Women’s Marathon, the first ever held for women, Lorraine Moller (#292) finished 5th. Finishing 5th in her first Olympics naturally set up the expectation that four years later, she’d get a medal, maybe even a gold medal.  This was certainly Lorraine’s expectation and that of everyone in her native New Zealand,…
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What if you could recover faster?

Dr. Dave’s Do-Do rule says, “It’s not how much training you DO, rather, it’s how well you recover from the training you DO DO. Because, if you get injured or sick from DOing too much, you are in deep DOO DOO.” Joe Vigil, another one of my mentors, says, “There’s no such thing as over…
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Battling Your Negative Tendencies

Every runner has tendencies. Most are positive and help the runner toward her goal, but some are negative and are not helpful. A lot of coaching is identifying the tendencies in the athlete and then creating strategies to capitalize on the positive ones and reduce or if possible, eliminate the negative ones.  In this article,…
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Are you selling yourself short?

Excerpt from Elite Minds by Dr. Stan Beecham Dr. Stan is pleased to provide an excerpt from his latest book, Elite Minds – Creating the Competitive Advantage.  You can buy the book here. CHAPTER 6: SETTING THE EXPECTATION: I met Barbara Parker and her husband, Sean, in 2007 while working with Pete Rea and the…
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TWO YEARS: PART TWO – STRUGGLING ATHLETES

This article is the second part of a series, which summarizes my observations following two years as a mental performance consultant. The first component, “The Best Athletes,” explored the commonalities I’ve witnessed among those who consistently perform well. The final installment will cover effective and ineffective coaching strategies. This article, which highlights commonalities of athletes…
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TWO YEARS: PART ONE – THE BEST ATHLETES

As spring arrives between bouts of snow, over and over again here in Flagstaff, my two-year “anniversary” as a full time mental performance consultant approaches. I feel moved to reflect on what I’ve learned, in particular the patterns I’ve noticed, among the most and least successful athletes that I’ve encountered. This will be the first…
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WORDS MATTER

Of all of the topics that comprise the psychology of running, there’s one that captures my interest the most: the moment of highest exertion. By this I mean the point of greatest discomfort that must be maintained (and often increased) when running workouts, and when racing. My Masters thesis focused specifically on the moment of…
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