6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Whats in your HEAD??

I met my Little buddy Janna for RUN #1 of my last Triple Training Runs before Hood to Coast. Janna works for Fleet Feet Bonney Lake HERE. I LOVE Fleet Feet!! The Fleet Feet Marathon training program prepared me to qualify for the Boston Marathon and I made lifetime friends in the process...

Janna and I after Boston Marathon 2011

Janna is working on Programs for Fleet Feet and knows that I want to develop a Program on Mental Toughness and Motivation. I am excited about the idea to talking to runners on this topic.

Why is Tall Mom a good presenter on this topic?

1. Athletics has NEVER come easy to me. Although it may seem effortless at times, that is far from the truth. I have had to work hard and stay very focused in order to reach my Goals. Having the struggle helps me to identify with others. Empathy is crucial.

2. I have a bag of TRICKS. Having played high level sports for a number of years, including Division 1 College Basketball, I have many many Mental/Motivational tricks. Every person is different but I would love to share my tricks with others to see if they help.

3. My first passion is speaking, as a Communications Major I LOVE to present to an engaged audience. This would give me a chance to dust off my presenting skills.

  • I know that Tall Mom Readers want more information on this topic. Below are the related questions from the ActiveBands Giveaway:
Lisa J said...
A topic I would LOVE to see you touch on has to do with mentality. So many of us put countless hours of our time training for races / competitions. We work on our endurance, our speed, and our strength- yet one aspect that is huge in a race is our mental toughness. When you're hurting, miserable, or just plain old tired during a race, its our mind that determines if we decide to push through or succumb. What do you recommend for starting to train our mindset to become just as tough?

Colleen said...
I would love to hear a post about what motivates you. I mean, is it another person, your family, your health, being cute in a skirt, to eat? If you could write an "I run for..." what would it include?

meg said...
I would love to see a post that talks about how you motivate yourself during tempo/speed runs that are longer distances and what advice you have for beginning runners attempting their first speed workouts - what to expect, how to prepare, how to learn to enjoy (and not dread) these tough workouts, etc.

Sabrina said...
As for a future post, I'd love to read something about how win the mental game when you're trying to PR. There are a lot of training programs out there to get your body ready and in running form, but I haven't been able to get past the mental game on race day. I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Penny said...
I have been struggling with motivation. Would love to know how you stay motivated. Motivational tips any thing would help. I feel I have a love, hate relationship with running and right now I not loving it.

  • Thank you!! This is all WONDERFUL Content. As I shape my presentation I will be sure to keep these specific questions in mind. When I have the information ready I will post pieces of it here, and touch on the questions above, for anyone interested :)

I NEED YOUR HELP!!

What would you be most interested in learning about on the Topics of..

Motivation
Mental Toughness
Inspiration
Goal Setting


***Pretty Please post your questions, thoughts, and things you struggle with and could use some advice about. All input will truly help me as I shape my class.

10 comments:

Marlene said...

You will make SUCH a great motivator and public speaker. This will be a great fit!!

I think staying motivated and focused through the "dead zone" (middle section) of a training plan or a marathon would be a great topic - you've been going a long time but have a long ways to go and that is TOUGH!

Julie said...

All great topics, but I think I'm most interested right now in mental toughness. In my endurance events, I seem to hit a wall where I can go on...slowly...but my fire goes out and I feel like I'm not living up to my potential. I "can", but I "don't". It's frustrating.

Becca said...

I definitely agree, a lesson on mental toughness/motivation would be AWESOME! I definitely struggle the most with a)getting out to run when I need to for training and then b)staying out when things start to feel bad physically. I think part of my challenge is that most of my runs are solo and it's so easy to get caught up in the negative thoughts and psych yourself out. I have been working on the second part of this in my current round of training and it is going moderately well. Since it is summer and the heat and humidity in PA is unbearable at times, I have walked a lot more than normal, but have told myself it is OK, and I WILL start running again soon. One trick I have learned is that as soon as I start walking I pick a point up ahead where I tell myself I MUST start running again, even if it's in the middle of a hill. And I do my best to stick to it.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You had me at Motivation. One of my very favorite topics in athletics AND life. Each dangled carrot differs for each individual, how do you find yours?

YOU WILL BE A STELLAR PRESENTER friend!

Lisa said...

The one thing I struggle with is Mental Toughness and would love to learn more! Right now I am training for my 1st Half marathon and some runs I just want to give up and not run in the half!

XLMIC said...

You wil have the presentees so dang motivated and so mentally tough by the end of your presentation! You have such a great ability to 'reach' people and help them tap into what makes them tick :) Go, Mel!

Bev said...

Mental toughness and motivation!!! please......

Janna said...

I'd like help on mental toughness against competition! There will always be a better runner and I'd like to toughen up and be proud of my accomplishments... and stop comparing myself to faster runners!

Marissa said...

I think you'd be great at this!!

I'd love to learn about your motivation...what drives you to complete such amazing goals so frequently. I want to know that switch that kicks on, telling you that anything is possible during your run. when I am out there, I feel motivated but tend to lose or lack motivation after mile 3...why is that? I need help channeling my energy on pushing on!

Claudia said...

How awesome! You are already so inspiring on your blog and DM - presenting is just going to add another dimension.

I guess I am doing alright with mental toughness for the most part - the struggle comes in when I run a marathon and hit mile 16 (usually my hardest mile, but it's a mind-game). Once I get to mile 17, if I am feeling strong, the rest of the race goes well and I finish strong. If I don't feel strong getting to mile 17, I sort of fall apart and give myself permission to take walk breaks, slow down, etc.
Sorry to ramble.
Any advice you have for this would be great.