Arizona Running Camp 2012 – Day 1

After introductions everyone went on an easy 2 mile run. Then it was time for lunch and a little recovery time. Three teams of runners rotated through: Excuse Making 101; You know you’re a runner when…; and the M4PAASS Mental Game Assessment (This is a proprietary Mental Toughness assessment I use with all my mental game clients.) It breaks mental toughness down into four major categories as well as a final cumulative score for the assessment. Everyone has copies of their assessment scoring.

Bringing everyone together we launched into the topic of mental toughness and the 3 key components and the one secret to mastering it. All sounding simple – but not easy. They now know what it takes for mental toughness. During the week we will address some finer points of specific aspects & techniques of mental game training.

An afternoon of drills and then an easy run of 2-4 miles (depending on paces). And we were escorted all the way by our 4 intrepid cyclists. These 4 are injured and cannot run though some can do some of the drills and other workouts. My hat is of to them. It is so difficult to see others do what you love. But there’s the rub… they can use this to their advantage should they choose. They have the chance to learn and apply everything we talk about on mental toughness; and perhaps better than everyone else here. We’ll see…

“Fire on the Track” the story of Steve Prefontaine was our feature film this evening. It makes many points on mental toughness and drove it home with how Pre approached not only running but life.

Now – lights out.


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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