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006: Exploring the Mental Side of Running - Part 1

podcast running Oct 12, 2017

For the next series of episodes, we will be discussing Matt Fitzgerald's new book, How Bad Do You Want It?

Spoiler alert:  We loved it.  Matt breaks down a very important topic in sports psychology: how our brain mind can either improve or inhibit our running and athletic performance.  

Until about the 1990s, sports performance research was limited to the physical domain.  In other words, what physiological factors could be affected in order to improve our performance as athletes.  Things such as VO2max, lactic acid threshold, heart rate training, glycogen storage and usage, and other "measurable" factors were what all of the research and training focused on.  

However, in the 1990s, a new model of performance enhancement came into play: the psychobiological model.  This model explores the connection between the brain and the body and how our thoughts can either improve our performance or hold us back.  

And as always, we talk about how this applies to the rest of our lives outside running.  We really think you're going to enjoy this series of episodes!  Let us know what you think!

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