Elevate Running Camp Day #2

“Fire on the Track” the great documentary on Steve Prefontaine wrapped up the evening last night. The message about tenacity and mental toughness was clear. The story of Pre’s workout that started with an even paced mile in 4:00 (60, 60, 60, 60) then followed by a full ladder workout caught everyone’s attention. Good preparation – today is our vVO2max time trial.

A nice easy “good morning” run before sliding off to breakfast. biggest surprise? Everyone was on time!

The easy morning run and a light breakfast was followed by a short discussion on conditioning and training theory. We explored exactly what components to “getting in shape” and “getting faster” are required according to the latest research. We dispelled some myths along the way.

Early morning run

Early morning run

Then it was off to the track. After a light warm up we launched into our vVO2max time trial. The girls went first then followed by the boys. At almost 7000 feet elevation, this workout was a true test of fortitude. Ah, but now we had some data to make our morning discussion more real. It also gave us a chance to practice some math. Now we had an idea of what optimal paces are for each camper.

The afternoon discussion focused on mental aspects of training and competition. Everyone took a mental game assessment. The topics for each following afternoon’s discussion was derived from a consensus of the groups needs.

The afternoon was more leisure with play time on the fields. Wiffleball kept everyone moving though I’m not sure what rules we were playing by – VERY fun. Good recovery and loosening up of the legs for tomorrow’s runs.

Movie tonight is about going beyond comfort zones with “Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135.” It put a whole new perspective to physical endurance, persistence and mental toughness.


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 - trailrunningclub.com. 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 Running-Advice.com. 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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