Elevate Running Camp Day – 1

3 counselor coaches, 30 runners and me; we hit the ground running this morning and the camp is off to a great start. Seven states are represented at camp.
[Arizona, New Mexico, California, Ohio, Alabama, Texas, Alabama]

16 girls down one wing of the Northern Arizona University dorm (Wilson Hall) and 14 boys down the other wing.

After everyone checked in we had a nice pre-camp meeting and introductions. Then we were off to a casual late morning run, chattering all along the way and enjoying the quick trip around the neighborhood; oh ya, and the 7000 feet of elevation! Reality set in.

We discussed how to calculate potential running times at longer distances using the well established Horwill’s Law. OK, it was also a math lesson. The biggest eye opener was how far off many runners’ times are as the distance gets longer. This is an indication of not training for specific events. We calculated three primary paces for each runner: vVO2max, 5K quality pace, easy run pace. No guess work now in determining how fast workouts should be run.

After lunch and adjustment time we had our afternoon session. To better get to know each other, the normal introductions wouldn’t do and the typical name-rank-serial number would not do. Each person had to come up with two simple statements about themselves. One had to be true. And one had to be false. The trick was trying to figure out which statement was the false one. Ever try to do that with people you don’t know? Keen insights into personalities while learning about each other.

We had our introduction to the mental game. Everyone took a short assessment. This serves as the data that will guide the content of the week’s afternoon mental toughness topics.

All campers who wish to follow-up and have one-on-one time with their own personal mental game coach were told to make appointment time with me this week. My goal is to give them some tools to start working with to head on the road to mental toughness. No magic pills here… but diligent practice.

The bottom line message sent: If you do not work on your mental game it will not improve. It is not a matter of just “thinking positive.” Like your physical conditioning, your mind needs training.

Evening movie: Run Reckless with Anthony Famiglietti the US top steeplechaser and two time Olympian. This one got some good reviews. “Fam” tells it like it is to be a professional runner. It’s a compelling flick. Well done. Very motivational.

Push ups if you get a name wrong.

First Run


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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One Response to Elevate Running Camp Day – 1

  1. Christina says:

    Sounds like a great first day. I’m looking forward to each days post to hear what’s going on.

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