How to conquer extreme mental challenges: the Dean Karnazes interview

How to conquer extreme mental challenges: the Dean Karnazes interview

Our expert for this episode is legendary ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes. Dean provides insights into the mindset he uses to overcome extreme physical and mental challenges. To illustrate his approach, he also shares excerpts from his latest book, The Road to Sparta, which chronicles his experiences running one of the world’s most difficult ultramarathon events: The Spartathlon—a grueling 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta.

“There are two ways to cope with pain. One is to put your head down and grunt through it. I don’t know the other way”

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8 strategies to boost your confidence

8 strategies to boost your confidence

In this post, sports psychology expert and best-selling author Jim Afremow, Ph.D. shares more mental toughness secrets used by elite athletes; focusing on the role of confidence with an excerpt from The Champion’s Comeback: How Great Athletes Recover, Reflect, and Reignite.

With confidence you can race at your best when it matters most. Here are eight strategies for boosting your confidence:

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12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

It is exactly one week since I ran the Illinois Marathon in my slowest ever (uninjured) time. Age grading the result in the Yale Run Age calculator (aka The Runner’s Time Machine) confirmed that I performed as my 75 year-old self. In short it was a ‘stinker’.

Recalling the interview with the eminent sports psychologist, Dr. Jim Afremow, a winning mindset looks at a defeat as a learning opportunity. Dr. Jim advocates “Win or Learn” rather than the more typical Win-Lose mentality.

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Interview: Legs are ready, is your mind?

Interview: Legs are ready, is your mind?

This is the final chapter of the three part interview with sports psychology expert and author of Amazon best seller, The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive (Rodale, 2014); Jim Afremow, Ph.D. Today, Jim shares more mental toughness secrets used by elite athletes and talks about coping with injury to bounce back stronger.

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Interview: Forget 'win or lose', think 'win or learn'

Interview: Forget 'win or lose', think 'win or learn'

Jim Afremow, Ph.D.; eminent sports psychologist and author of the Amazon best seller: ‘ The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive (Rodale, 2014)’ has agreed to share his insights and expertise with Rundamentalists readers. You might not possess the physical capabilities of an elite runner (yet!) but Jim explains the mental strategies the elites use to help you run your best and reach your goals.

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