We talked about the use of visualization and mental imagery in sports. Now, I want to use an example to show how this process can be directly applied to your training. If you participate in the training offered by Complete Runner (Good Form for Walking and Running), this will help you to take that process one step further. The opportunity to have yourself videotaped is important so you can view the tape and see exactly how you are performing. If changes are recommended, observe the proper way suggested to run/walk. Watch the video numerous times so you are able to commit the image to memory. Then, go through the progressive relaxation process and begin to visualize the proper running/walking form. Repeat this process daily for approximately 30 days and you will begin to create the necessary changes in your running/walking performance.
If you have not participated in the training program at Complete Runner, try to video tape your running/walking performance and have it evaluated by a running/walking coach. Practice any recommended changes and put those suggestions to memory. Visualize yourself performing the proper running/walking form on a daily basis. Again, practice the mental rehearsal for approximately 30 days and you will begin to create a change in your running/walking performance.
If you are interested in participating in this process, contact Complete Runner for the coaching and videotaping and then contact me to design a mental rehearsal program.
*Mark Jagos LMSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, sports performance counselor, and personal consultant who has participated in numerous marathons and local races and counsels athletes in mental training for sports and exercise. To schedule an appointment please call 810-624-7631.