Short intro: I—Dimity—am beyond thrilled to introduce Perform Like a Mother: Mental Skills Training with Dr. Justin Ross. As somebody who has a (much) easier time seeing the holes in the workout instead of the whole workout, I can tell you that working with him makes a big difference. We met twice before the Twin Cities 10-Miler. The result? A PR at age 44, but more importantly, developing I am strong; I am l;ight as a mantra, one that I continue to repeat on an almost daily basis.
Ok, now the official pitch for Perform Like a Mother:
You’ve seen the scenario play out before: You start something running-related—a training program, a tempo session on the track, a self-care practice like foam rolling, your target race—and you are gung ho.
You are confident you will NAIL IT this time, despite your history telling you otherwise.
Then the flu invades your house, and three weeks of missed workouts fly by.
Or, demoralized by your splits, you quit the workout halfway through.
Or dinner prep + gymnastics carpool duties + endless emails derail your evening foam rolling plans. (And you were going to plank during every commercial, too!)
Or you get to mile 11 of your half-marathon, totally on goal pace, but your legs are pissed and your mind has WTF on repeat, so you let yourself off the hook.
Here’s the thing: Your intentions aren’t bad. You’re not weak or wishy-washy or wrong.
You just need an assist from the complex organ that lives in your head a.k.a your brain. It happens to play the starring role in how the rest of your organs and muscles function.
In order to optimize your running, you eat well, you do your push-ups and planks and squats, you foam roll (occasionally, at least).
In order to thrive, you also need to address your mental skills: things like learning how to channel thoughts, deal with anxieties, set appropriate goals, and manage your internal dialogue. When you do that, you can execute the training cycle, race or season—or all three!— that you desire.
Perform Like a Mother, unique, small-group sessions, Dr. Justin Ross, a sports psychologist in Denver, will lead you through three separate stages of integrating a high-performance mindset into your training. (We've had Justin on the AMR podcast a few times; you can listen in here and here.)
And by the way, we realize high performance mindset sounds like a high-falutin’ program for natural athletes who regularly finish near the top of their age group.
That’s so far from the truth.
Perform Like a Mother is for athletes of all levels who want to get the best out of themselves, whether that means showing up for 100% of a training plan, quieting the “I-can’t-do-this” voices echoing in your head, finally hitting a sub-30 5K, grabbing a half-marathon PR, or taking on a new-for-you distance.
Each session is 90 minutes and will have four other participants, max. It’s in a webinar format, so you’ll be able to interact with Justin and your fellow attendees. Enough time, yet few enough participants, that your personal concerns can be heard and addressed—while also allowing you to benefit from hearing about other women’s situations.
Prior to the session, you’ll complete a short worksheet to give Justin an idea of your background and how he can help you best perform like a mother.
During the 90-minute session, we’ll split the time between presentation and questions from you, making sure we’ve got plenty of time to address your individual needs.
After the session, we’ll make the webinar video available to you so you can watch (again and again) at your leisure; we’ll also distribute background materials, suggested exercises, and other helpful information to keep you on track.
You can attend one, two or all three. They are priced at $60 (a solo session), $110 (for two), or $150 (all three), respectively. Individually, they are valuable to address individual needs; as a package, they help create a comprehensive high-performance perspective.
Session I: Learning High-Performance Best Practices
In this session, you’ll:
★ Find your motivation and learn strategies to minimize road blocks.
★ Set appropriate goals for different chapters of your athletic journey and stage of life.
★ Explore commitment and its challenges and learn to remove intimidation from it.
★ Delineate success for you, a definition that impacts your running—and life.
Session II: Developing High-Performance Mindset
In this session, you’ll:
★ Connect your mind + body, acquiring practices to optimize the relationship.
★ Consider your self-talk before, during, and after a run.
★ Sort out your fears, and say sayonara to self-sabotage.
★ Process your approach to hurdles and find out how to clear them effectively.
Session III: Executing High Performance on Race Day
In this session, you’ll:
★ Link motivation and performance, grounding your race effort in tangible reasons.
★ Gather best practices to set the pre-race stage, preparing for topnotch performance.
★ Review in-race strategies to prepare your mind (and body) to achieve success.
★ Tap into ways to utilize mental toughness to push your limits.
Please note: Although led by a clinical psychologist, the content in Perform Like a Mother is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
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