Get Mentally Tough to Run Faster
Running fast will push your muscles, but it will also test your mental toughness. That means to run faster you have to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Mental strength is like software on a computer, Dr. Stephen P. Gonzalez, Ph.D., told Fleet Feet in an interview. Gonzalez, an assistant professor of sport psychology at the College at Brockport in New York, uses the analogy from David Epstein’s book, “The Sports Gene.”
Your body is like the computer—hardware that can be upgraded and refined to perform better. But your mind is the software that makes your body work. Without the proper software, your hardware won’t perform at optimal levels.
“I use this analogy to explain to athletes that while we put in daily physical training, we often neglect the mental training component that results in holistic preparation to succeed,” Gonzalez said. “If we want to be mentally strong, we have to run the right software program to allow our bodies to perform at their maximum capacity.”