Elevate Running Camp – Graduation Run – Final Day

The fruits of their labors all week long got them a 4 to 8 mile run. But not just any run! From campus we made it to the base of the Lowell Observatory hill. Then, a run to the top of the 3/4 mile hill with a nice steep incline about half way topped it off… almost. A group picture at the top and then everyone had the option to do more repeats. Some did one more. Some did two more. And one even did three more! What a great run with beautiful sites overlooking the city of Flagstaff.

After breakfast the campers were treated to movie time. We watched all their videotaped commercials for camp. Everyone had fun making them and even getting outside their comfort zones in the taping! You’ll have to ask about the one that the counselors came up with too. Epic.

Our final discussion was about running after high school. Kimmie and Sam lead the discussion. They related their entire decision making process for choosing to run or not to run in college; the impact of major choice; winnowing down lists to regions and types of schools desired and all the considerations made in coming to their different conclusions. They were candid about the emotional roller coaster they went through in making their decisions. Be sure to ask your campers what they learned from this.

Reviews of camp were truly rewarding for the counselors and me. It is great to hear and see that we have made a difference in all the runners’ lives. They walked away with many lessons, renewed friendships and newly made friends. Several of our returning campers say this was the best camp yet. We already have ideas for next year to top it. We don’t believe in just resting on our laurels.

Spread the word – next year will be bigger and better.

Upward and onward!


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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