Can you talk yourself into better performance?

An interesting question to think about: can changing your self-talk actually help you run better? I’m sure many of us just answered “yes”. If you have negative self-talk, that’s not going to help you run faster. Positive self-talk will, though.

What about more subtle differences? Can slight changes in how you think of things during races help you? As it turns out, they can.

When you refer to yourself in the second person (“You can do it” instead of “I can do it”) you actually do perform better.

Also of note is that more positive references were used in the study. “You/I have to do it” was replaced with “You/I can do it” for example. While it doesn’t seem like this was addressed as part of the test, I have a suspicion this would also make a difference.

This is just one small study but it’s worth trying.

Other reading from the past month (or so):

My daughter is running her first season of cross country (her last meet is actually today) so I found this article on how to support the cross country runner in your life interesting. If you have a child who runs, it’s worth a read. My only piece of advice: your child already has a coach. She or he doesn’t need two coaches with conflicting ideas. Be a supportive parent, not another coach.

Best running advice ever? Maybe a bit of hyperbole but it is very good running advice from some very good running coaches.

A double link: What the Ingebrigtsen brothers can teach us about nature, nurture and running and What makes Norway’s Ingebrigtsen brothers such exceptional runners? Both about some interesting research involving the three elite brothers. The second also includes results from some research into a more broad range of elite athletes.

Heat training could boost your cool weather performance. I’m sure many of us suspected this for a long time, I know I have, but here’s some evidence. There are some interesting timing implications to keep in mind, though.

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about how recovery modalities actually negatively impact your response to workouts. Well, here’s one more article on that.

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