Coaches’ Continuing Education

I admit it, I just love learning, going to courses, seminars, reading, talking to and interviewing athletes and coaches. I’m just never satisfied that I have enough information. I also like to test what I already know. Running itself may be very simple (put one foot in front of the other rapidly). But, getting that to happen in the most efficient and effective manner can fill an encyclopedia. And so, I’m off for three days at a USATF (USA Track & Field) conference. It’s called the 2007 National Podium Education Project. There are three main tracks – middle distance/distance, sprints and throws. In the process, I’ll try not to lose my shirt in Las Vegas.

It’s a busy schedule. I hope I can bring home the latest information on middle distance to distance training and race preparation. From footstrike, to training cycles, gaining a mental edge, to motor learning, to nutrition for recovery, to dealing with all the environmental issues in Beijing next summer I will provide you with as many tidbits as I can.

One of the reasons I share this with all of you is that I want to share something I believe wholeheartedly in – continuous learning and personal development. Any coach out there should pursue broader and deeper knowledge that helps them provide the best service and advice possible to their athletes. This goes for all self-coached athletes as well.

I learnd long ago in the world of training and personal development the phrase “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” If you are getting good results with your current approaches and programs… look to get better – or you won’t be the best you can be. If you are getting less than desirable results with your current approach, you must change or you will continue to get the same results.

I put it to people like this. If you call a phone number and it’s the wrong number, how many times will you continue to call that same number expecting to suddenly get the right person? You might try a couple times. You might have simply dialed you desired number wrong. After that, you have  to ask yourself, why am I still dialing this number. For runners that translates into – why am I still running the same workouts, mileages, efforts, etc. – yet continue to expect different (i.e. better) results?

So, I continue to learn new numbers to dial and hope to pass along what I learn along the way.


About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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