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Mankato Marathon Sport Psych Team Provide Runners with Mental Strategies to Reach Their Full Potential

During the 2nd annual Mankato Marathon the Sport Psych Team provided runners with mental strategies to reach their full potential. While most people were physically fit from training they might have realized the importance of being metal prepared for the big race. That's how the Mankato Marathon Sport Psych Team is helped out this year.

2012-12-20

Sport Psyc Team at Mankato MarathonMankato, Minn -- During the 2nd annual Mankato Marathon the Sport Psych Team provided runners with mental strategies to reach their full potential. While most people were physically fit from training they might have realized the importance of being metal prepared for the big race. That's how the Mankato Marathon Sport Psych Team is helped out this year.

Cindra Kamphoff says, "One of the mental road blocks that runners experience is negative thinking. So we'll be providing some runners with tips on how to get through negative thinking, how to counteract negative thinking and set goals." There was a group of 25 sport psych team members assisting the runners at the Expo, starting line, and during and after the race.

Experts say it's common for runners to "hit the wall" or have doubts in their ability, but it's all about positive thinking. Andrea Long says, "I was excited to be there and actually do hands on experience with people and motivate them and try to help them get those tough points in the race."

The sport psych team’s purpose was to help runners reach their full potential. Also, to create awareness of the importance of the mental component when running.

Kamphoff says, "The one thing that people could start doing is visualizing a strong race so spending some time while they are running and thinking about the race they want to have and seeing themselves overcoming some roadblocks that they might experience."

The team provided helpful tips encouraging runners push themselves to both their physical and mental limits by finding out exactly what they are capable during the race.

http://www.keyc.tv/story/15618209/mankato-marathon-sport-psych-team-provide-runners-with-mental-strategies-to-reach-their-full-potential

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvK-Oa40wbs&feature=plcp

http://www.mnsu.edu/news/read/?id=1351526263&paper=topstories

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