What is self-talk?
Self-talk is what we say to ourselves in response to any particular situation that mainly determines our mood and feelings.
What does it have to do with running or my life?
Imagine two runners on their Tuesday night run in a Vancouver rain storm. One runner perceives herself as rushed, wet and miserable, and says things to herself like, “I can’t do this” or “this hill is too big tonight.” What she feels is frustration, anger and maybe even failure. The other runner perceives the situation as an opportunity to do something for herself or a chance to wash away the stress of her day. She says statements to herself like, “you got this”, “you feel strong on this hill” or “nothing is going to hold me down.” She feels motivated and a sense of accomplishment. In both cases, the situation is exactly the same, but the…
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