25 Feb '16, 9am

How positive self-talk boosts running performance

How positive self-talk boosts running performance

Two years ago, I wrote about some research showing that simple lessons in motivational self-talk enabled subjects to pedal 18 per cent longer in a time-to-exhaustion cycling test. It was a neat laboratory demonstration of the effectiveness of a standard sports psychology tool - and what was most surprising to me was that no one had done this type of experiment 30 years earlier. Plenty of athletes swear by sports psych techniques like this, but there’s been very little effort to test them under controlled conditions. Of course, what works in the lab doesn’t always work in the real world. At the Endurance Research Conference earlier this month, University of Kent researchers Alister McCormick, Carla Meijen, and Samuele Marcora presented a progress report on an ongoing randomised study of self-talk training prior to a real ultramarathon - a self-supported 60-mile overnight ra...

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