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Sports psych expert boosts marathoners' confidence

Cindra Kamphoff

Sports psychology faculty member Cindra Kamphoff and members of the Sports Psych Team helped runners get their minds around the challenges of the Mankato Marathon.

2011-11-14
By Dan Linehan, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 10/22/2011]

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Eric Peters had three-fourths of a mantra: “power, courage, strength” and a fourth word to be named later.

When the Mankatoan hits the starting line this morning, he’ll probably have figured out that last word — a quartet of motivational words his sister draws upon in her struggles against cancer.

The idea behind his mantra is that, compared to his sister going through chemotherapy, his half-marathon is nothing to complain about. If she can endure cancer, he can run 13.1 miles.

The idea behind a mantra, of course, is that runners experience two contests at once: One on the course and one in their heads. And psychology of running expert Cindra Kamphoff believes the mental race can be the most important.

Kamphoff, a professor at Minnesota State Mankato, is leading the Sports Psych Team, which will provide mental support to runners. She learned about the concept during a trip to a marathon in Toronto last year.

For the complete story, see the Oct. 22 Free Press print edition, or go to the e-edition at http://mankatofreepress.mn.newsmemory.com/.

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