Mental Training for Runners

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Generations of exercisers and athletes have struggled with the motivation to get out the door, to continue on tough days, or to push through the final barrier of discomfort to the long awaited goal. This book describes the source of problems, how to diffuse them, with methods that can keep one motivated. The unconscious process of stress build-up often sends body and mind on separate missions. Galloway provides a series of mental training methods which can bring body, mind, and spirit into a powerful team. Each ...
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Overview

Generations of exercisers and athletes have struggled with the motivation to get out the door, to continue on tough days, or to push through the final barrier of discomfort to the long awaited goal. This book describes the source of problems, how to diffuse them, with methods that can keep one motivated. The unconscious process of stress build-up often sends body and mind on separate missions. Galloway provides a series of mental training methods which can bring body, mind, and spirit into a powerful team. Each major area of low motivation is noted with proven ways of overcoming the problems. Many runners have applied these methods to work through other low motivation challenges at work, in the family and in other areas of life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841263151
  • Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
  • Publication date: 4/15/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 463,026
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Galloway was an average teenage runner who kept learning and working harder, until he became an Olympian. He is the author of the best-selling running book in North America: "Galloway's Book on Running" and is a Runner's World columnist, as well as an inspirational speaker for more than 200 running and fitness sessions each year. He has worked with over 300,000 average people in training for specific goals and Galloway's quest for an injury-free marathon training program led him to develop group training programs in 1978. Galloway is the designer of the walk-run, low mileage marathon training program (Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN method) with an over 98% success rate.
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Table of Contents

1 Your Inner Strength - Believe In It! 8

2 Preface: To Be Happy, Joyous, Confident Barbara Galloway 9

3 The Ultimate Source of Motivation 11

4 Glossary of Mind-Body Elements 13

5 The Mind and Body Are Connected 16

6 Why Do We Feel Unmotivated? 21

Understanding the Sources of Stress/Pressure

Diffusing Stress/Pressure

Tools That Give You Control

The Stress of Top Performance

Managing Unresolved Issues

7 Mental Training 29

8 Your Motivation Training Plan 33

9 No More Excuses 37

10 Mental Training Programs 43

11 Situations 51

Getting Out The Door Early in the Morning

Getting Out The Door After Work, School, a Tough Day

Finishing A Tough Workout

I Can Do the Next Segment

Finishing a Tough Race

Coming Back from an Injury

Coming Back from an Illness

Coming Back from an Extended Layoff

Coming Back after a Bad Race or Workout

Burning More Fat

A Close Running Friend Moves Away, etc.

Managing TMS

Reprogramming

12 The Final Countdown 68

13 Inspirational Stories 73

Billy Mills

Racing Cancer

Marathon Records After Age 80

Dave Wottle: Don't Give Up

85 Pounds Lighter - Inspired by a Training Group

Lasse Viren - When You Get Knocked Down, Get Up

145 lbs lighter

Overcoming an Eating Disorder

14 Training Tools That Manage/Lower Workout Stress 81

15 The "Magic Mile" Is Your Reality Check 83

16 Your Journal Gives You Control Over the Training 89

17 Smooth Running Form Reduces Pain and Stress 95

18 The Drills 103

CD - The Cadence Drill for Faster Turnover

Acceleration-Glider Drills

19 Hill Training for Strength and Race Preparation 107

20 Mantras 110

21 The Galloway Run-Walk-Run ™ Method 114

22 Good Blood Sugar = Motivation 118

23 Troubleshooting: Knowing That There is a Solution to a Problem Reduces Stress and Improves Attitude 121

How Do I Start Back When I've Had Time Off?

It Hurts!

No Energy Today

Side Pain

I Feel Great One Day but Not the Next Day

No Motivation

Cramps in the Leg Muscles

Upset Stomach or Diarrhea

Headache

Should I Run When I Have a Cold?

Street Safety

Dogs

24 Injury Troubleshooting 134

25 Treatment Suggestions from One Runner to Another 137

Knee Pain

Outside of the Knee Pain - Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Shin Pain - "Shin Splints" or Stress Fracture

Heel Pain - Plantar Fascia

Hip and Groin

Calf Muscle

26 The Clothing Thermometer 143

27 Products That Enhance Running 147

28 Epilogue: Credit Where Credit is Due 157

Photo Credits 158

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    A must have for all runners!

    Jeff Galloway is a great motivator! I used many of his techniques listed in this book to run my first half marathon and even faster than I had planned! I met many people at the race that were using his method and loving it! I am planning to run a full marathon next, and that is something I thought I would never do. Buy this and you will not be disappointed.

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