Elevate Running Camp – Day 5

Today was an easy workout day to recover from yesterday’s long morning run and plyometrics in the afternoon as well as in preparation for tomorrow’s graduation run. A 70 minute Scavenger Hunt run all over campus was just the ticket. The 5 teams competed to find the most locations only given hints, phrases, and plays on words. The Cougars came away with a narrow victory over Team Narwal and The Bruisers.

The morning was complete with videotaping sessions that each team did. They created their own impressions of Camp Elevate and their experiences here as a short commercial. Can’t wait to see them all. The counselors joined in with their own creation. Tomorrow the esteemed panel of judges (Kimmie, Katie, Sam) will decide which team gets the Academy Award for their creation.

The afternoon mental toughness session focused on the ability to rebound from disappointment. The most important message is that every athlete is indeed entitled to feel sad, upset, frustrated at a bad performance. Parents, coaches and friends should not tell an athlete that they “shouldn’t feel that way”. Disappointment is a normal human emotion. However, the key is also to limit these emotions to a reasonable period and then move on… or as I tell all my clients and athletes – G.O.I – Get Over It. I let athletes have 24 hours to mope, cry, be upset. Then the mark of mental toughness is to refocus, rebound and get back at it. Learn from the experience and you will not have lost! Dwelling on the past or the future spells disaster for an athlete.

Then we demonstrated a number of running-related gadgets – everything from foam rollers, to hand rollers, to compression socks, to weight vests, to EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) units. For those runners who wanted to try out the EMS they were allowed a short bout with the electrodes. This is a totally safe and effective alternative means of training. It is not just for rehabilitation any more. It has also become a valued training tool for many athletes.

A spirited game of keep-away got the blood flowing just after the lecture demonstration session and before our dinner.

The evening was a fun walk downtown. Some of us toured the alleys and the wall art hidden in downtown. Stores with eclectic collections seemed to hold the attention of many of the group. Everyone returned safe and sound and ready to kick back for the evening playing card games and just sitting and chatting.


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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