30 Jan '15, 1am

Tips from elites' sports psychologists on how to harness motivation:

“I think every athlete has those moments of doubt,” says 10,000m American record-holder Shalane Flanagan , who worked with sports psychologist Greg Dale while running cross country and track at University of North Carolina. “My doubts are usually along the lines of, ‘Maybe I’m not fit enough or strong enough to do this.’” Flanagan combats those motivation-zappers with visualization exercises, including one she calls upon often frequently during tough workouts. “I’ll pretend I’m grinding out the last 600 against the top Ethiopian runners,” Flanagan says. “I just visualize running against them, and getting that fast time, or winning the race, during a workout, and it gives me that little boost of motivation.” Sports psychologists offer the following tips for other runners looking to harness their motivation: Identify negative thoughts. Sports psychologist Alison Arnold, foun...

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