Becoming Mentally Strong Through Your ABCs

By Malindi Elmore

I am currently coaching a young runner who is very motivated to run fast this spring, but with her goals comes anxiety, doubt and concerns about her ability. We all know that physical preparation is only part of performing and that much of it comes down to our mental fortitude; but the body is often much easier to train than the mind. Pressure to stay motivated and focused on goals is a good thing; however, fear, dread, anxiety, etc. get in the way of top performances and therefore needs to be addressed.