A sports psychologist gets real about the mental side of running and racing.

A sports psychologist gets real about the mental side of running and racing.

Want to run faster and farther without breaking a sweat? Flex the most powerful part of your body— your brain. Sports psychologist JoAnn Dahlkoetter, Ph. D., shares her best performance-enhancing tricks. We’ve all heard the saying, “Running is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical.” Do you agree with that breakdown? Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter: Definitely. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be in this profession! Unfortunately, I think most runners focus on the opposite ratio. They put 90 percent of their time and effort into the physical training and often neglect the mental aspect. Developing your con dence, focus and ability to handle pressure is really critical to performing your best. What makes a runner mentally strong? JD: There are a few different traits that can make a huge difference in a runner’s success. First of all, you need to love what you do and have a desire to make your...

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