25 Apr '16, 6pm

Are you conditioning your mind as much as other aspects of your training?

During my fifth year of collegiate eligibility at the University of Tennessee, I had the opportunity to speak with the athletic department’s sports psychologist on a handful of occasions. I recall leaving the sessions feeling more relaxed and empowered, but I did not make an effort to set up regular meetings. Since then I have met several friends who have studied sports psychology or are working in the field. They’ve opened my mind to using it as a training resource. I have not met, however, many runners who are working with a psychologist or psychology consultant. It may be that I have not spoken to enough athletes about the topic. Or maybe the subject is too personal. Or maybe those who do work with a sports psychologist fear they will be perceived as less confident or mentally weak for revealing it to those more ignorant, as I used to be. In January, I had the good fort...

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