Attentional strategy use by experienced distance runners: Physiological and psychological effects - Smith, A.L., Gill, D.L., Crews, D.J., Hopewell, R. and Morgan, D.W. (1995). Res Q Exerc Sport, 66(2), 142-150 (Abstract from PubMed).

Breaking out of a slump

Choking defined - By Richard Ferguson, PhD.

Cognitive strategies and recall of pace by long-distance runners - Takai, K. (1998). Percept Mot Skills, 86(3 Pt 1), 763-770 (Abstract from PubMed).

Cognitive strategies of middle and long distance runners

Eating disorders and health in elite women distance runners - Hulley, A.J. and Hill, A.J. (2001). Int J Eat Disorder, 30(3), 312-317 (Abstract from PubMed).

Get motivated - Josh Clark.

How to overcome the mental barriers of distance running - Lindsay Weight.

If your runs are boring, change your routine - Anne Kymalainen.


Motivation tips

Performing edge visualisation: Using imagery to achieve PRs - JoAnn Dahlkoetter. Ph.D.

Psychological aspects

Psychological characterisation of the elite distance runner - Morgan, W.P. and Pollack, M.L. (1977). In P. Milvy (Ed.), Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 301, 382-403 (Abstract from Coaching Science Abstracts).

Relationships between perceptions of performance expectation and mood among distance runners: The moderating effect of depressed mood - Lane, A. (2001). J Sci Med Sport, 4(1), 116-128 (Abstract from PubMed).

Staying motivated - Mark Steinle shows how mental preparation can help get the most out of running. 

Success for a runner is "Mental toughness" - Coach Pat Connelly.

The "zone" of optimal running - By Richard Ferguson, PhD (Running Journal/May 2002).

The funnel of focus - By Richard Ferguson, PhD (Running Journal, April, 2002).

The psychology of running a marathon - Stephen A. Russo, Ph.D.

The relationships of anxiety and self-attention to running economy in competitive male distance runners - Martin, J.J., Craib, M. and Mitchell, V. (1995). J Sports Sci, 13(5), 371-376 (Abstract from PubMed).

Think better running - Sports psychologist Carole Sehuelt looks at the 'mind techniques' that can be employed to improve your running performances.

Training motivation for fell runners

Turning your attention inwards can help you run more economically

What's your mental toughness quotient? - By Coach Roy Benson, Running Journal/November 2002.


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