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How to Gain Mental Strength in Running and Life

Do you want to know how to break through mental barriers when running?  We are talking about gaining mental strength and how you can improve your mindset and decrease anxiety so you can get out of your own way in achieving your goals in not only running but in life!

 

If your mind has become your biggest obstacle with your running, then you will want to listen to this episode in which we discuss 8 key principles to overcome mental barriers.

 

Elizabeth Clor is a 31-time marathoner, 12x Boston Qualifier and author of the book I just finished reading yesterday, Boston Bound, which details her 7-year journey to overcome mental barriers and qualify for the Boston Marathon!

 

Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!

 

 

 

 

Watch the video from our Facebook Live by clicking the video below!

 

Relevant Resources:

 

Episode 127

5 Ways to Deal With Race Anxiety with Coach Cat and Irene Bosco

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/5-ways-to-deal-with-race-anxiety/ 

 

Race Day Blueprint: 10 Tips to Crush Your Race!

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/race/buy

 

Episode 128

Half Marathon Training Lessons Learned and My Big Race Announcement

https://sparkhealthyrunner.com/half-marathon-training-lessons-learned/ 

 

Episode 105

What Is Base Training In Running?

https://sparkyourtraining.com/what-is-base-training-in-running/ 

 

CONNECT WITH ELIZABETH CLOR

 

Website: https://www.elizabethclor.com/

Instagram: @elizabethclor

Twitter: @ElizabethClor

Order Boston Bound: https://www.amazon.com/Boston-Bound-Overcome-Barriers-Marathon/dp/1530680581/

 

 

 

 

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If you are skeptical about getting a coach, I was too!  I personally have invested in working with Coach Lu on our team because I need someone with my experience and expertise to guide me to my goal.  Didn’t have that the first time around.

 

You may be someone who has run 10 or 20 marathons and you think it’s silly to get a coach because you have run a marathon 20x before and you know how to train to finish a marathon.  My question to you is do you want to cross that finish line without pain this time or cross that finish line with a time you will be proud about now that you are older than all those previous races?

 

Do you want to finish strong in that last 10k of the marathon or that last 5k of a half marathon (Like I just did last week) and feel good and proud as you crossed that finish line?

 

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Connect with Dr. Duane:

 

Dr. Duane Scotti, DPT, PhD, OCS is a running physical therapist, run coach, host of the Healthy Runner podcast, and founding owner of Spark Healthy Runner and has been a leader in the rehab and running community for over 19 years.  He is passionate about helping runners feel strong and confident so they can stay healthy and become a lifelong injury free runner!  Dr. Duane truly believes that anyone can run and that all runners should be treated differently as athletes.  He is on a mission to change the traditional thinking that running causes “overuse injuries” and you must “take a break” in order to get better.  Through run specific training (exercises and running progression) you can build your body to be a strong, resilient runner and stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running!

 

Duane received his Bachelor of Health Science degree and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Quinnipiac University in 2001 and 2003. He then went on to receive a clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. Duane is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Mulligan Practitioner, certified in dry needling and has advanced training in spinal manipulation and rehabilitation for runners.

 

  • duane@sparkyourtraining.com

 

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Here is what other runners are saying about the podcast

 

 

Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!

 

Warmest regards,

 

– Duane

 

Duane Scotti, PT, PhD, DPT

Physical Therapist For Runners

Board Certified, OCS

(203) 376-6514

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“I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards Duane Scotti and the Spark Healthy Runner program. When I started working with Duane, I had been dealing with chronic shin splints/posterior tibialis tendinitis for almost a year.

I had worked with multiple other coaches and physical therapists with little success and was at the point of almost giving up on my love for running. Duane is so kind, thoughtful and knowledgeable as both a physical therapist and running coach. Our first virtual meeting lasted two hours because he was so meticulous in his assessment. His strength and running program is progressive and created so that you can continue to build strength and mileage as you heal. His strength program is unique, effective, and fun.

Additionally, his warm-up routine is awesome and includes drills that over time have made me a more efficient runner. His training platform is easy to use, and he is always readily available to chat when problems or questions arise.

Over four months of working with Duane, I have built back to five days a week of running and am almost back up to my pre-injury weekly mileage and long run distance. Whenever I have flare ups or setbacks, Duane reassures me and makes necessary adjustments so that I can continue to progress in my running journey. I have had so much success with him so far that I have signed on for four more months so that he can help me to continue getting stronger as I train for the Dopey challenge in Disney World.

If you are struggling with a running injury and are feeling hopeless, you have to reach out to Duane Scotti. Of course, you will have to put in a lot of hard work, but with Duane by your side, you will be able to achieve your goals and more. Thank you Spark Healthy Runner for bringing the spark back to my running!”

Dipti Pandya

You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!  I have never considered myself a runner and I knew I needed to be smart about it because I am no spring chicken. Spark preached getting strong and healthy to be injury free and they practice what they preach.  I am soooo glad I made the investment in me!  I finished my half marathon last weekend and couldn’t be any happier!  The program fed me all the steps I needed to essentially learn how to run long distance, build strength, nutrition help, a forum of other runners and probably most important was the 1:1 coaching.  I had no idea how to tackle training for a 1/2 marathon and this program broke all of it down, had it individualized for me and we tweaked as we went to make sure I was staying healthy and strong.  I had so many questions the week prior to my race and Coach Cat was always there for me and answering all the questions and issues I had-and believe me there were a lot!  The biggest benefit I think I got was the strength. I am strong and fit. But most important was what I gained emotionally.  I built confidence and strength I didn’t know I had, even at my age.  Honestly could not have done this without Spark Healthy Runners!

Gina J.

My Healthy Runner journey started after I had battled bilateral achilles pain for a few months and was frustrated how it affected my running. As soon as I talked to Duane I knew I had made the right decision. His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine care are infectious. The training plan that was tailored to me included specific exercises to rehab my injury and I was so excited that I didn’t have to stop running. It took patience to only run slow for a few weeks but I trusted the process and it got me me to where I am now: running pain free. We made adjustments to the plan throughout whenever needed having someone in your corner that is always there with guidance and support throughout the process was invaluable.

I just ran my second half marathon, both with Duane’s coaching, and PR’d by over 9 minutes! I got all choked up in the last mile when I realized that I felt strong and could still kick it up a notch.

I’m so thankful for the Healthy Runner program, community and the entire coaching team for all the support!

Katja L.

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