Triggers, Pressure, and Stress: Addie Bracy, CMPC on How to Train Your Mind

Sports psychology is a frontier that can tremendously improve your running performance. It can transform your approach to training, recovery, races, and dealing with setbacks. We believe it can improve your life as a whole!

Addie Bracy

That isn’t an aggregation. The skills you practice in your sport can be applied to everyday occurrences such as:

  • How you handle external factors that you can’t control for
  • What to do when you don’t meet your goals or expectations
  • How to gain clarity in your mind about what you want
  • Identifying and dealing with triggers

That’s why we offer resources here at Strength Running for getting started with mental toughness and a full program for mastering your mindset.

On today’s podcast, we have a mental performance expert who is sharing her recommendations to help you improve your running today – even if you aren’t going for a run.

Addie Bracy Encourages Sports Psychology for All

Addie Bracy is an expert in mental training for athletes. She excels on the road, on the track, and on the trails and mountains. She’s a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, author of Mental Training for Ultrarunning, and has consulted with elite athletes in swimming, softball, basketball, and track and field.

Addie is a contributor to the Strength Running community as well! You may recognize her from the lifting demonstrations in our flagship weightlifting program High Performance Lifting.

Today’s episode is about becoming a more mentally fit athlete. Addie shares her view of sports psychology and how it can be leveraged by everyone:

In this episode, we also explore topics about:

  • Problems with idealizing a race
  • How we can better prepare for races
  • Non-physical skills that will help runners
  • Differences between stress and pressure
  • Common triggers for runners
  • Visualizations that help

This is just a small snippet of the actionable steps that Addie provides. Hear more in this podcast and check out her book for additional information.

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