Ep 46: Addie Bracy on Importance of Mental Training for Runners, and Specific Strategies to Use it as a Competitive Advantage
Addie Bracy is a professional trail runner, coach, author and Certified Mental Performance Consultant. She’s also a 2:35 marathoner and is a three-time US Olympics trial qualifier. In this episode of Run with Fitpage, Addie discusses the importance of mental training for runners, dealing with stress and anxiety, and a lot more with our host Vikas Singh.
00:00 – About this episode
01:24 – Welcome Addie to the show!
01:30 – Beginning of Addie’s athletic journey
04:16 – Moving from marathons to ultramarathons
09:47 – How should people approach mental performance in addition to nutrition and training?
12:40 – The importance of setting realistic goals – does journaling help?
17:01 – Role of daily life stress on performance and how to manage them?
19:46 – Managing your performance with chronic anxiety
21:29 – About heart-rate variability
23:06 – Breathing techniques and strategies to help you win over stress and anxiety
25:34 – About Addie’s book – Mental Training for Ultrarunning
29:38 – Overcoming setbacks
33:15 – Addie’s advice to runners
Addie Bracy is a Mental Performance Expert and a trail runner. Apart from the Olympic Qualifiers, Addie has won three USATF National Championships and been selected to compete internationally on 10 USA teams. In 2017, she was a scoring member of Team USA’s Gold Medal team at the World Championships for mountain running. Over the last ten years, Bracy has worked with athletes at the high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate levels. Addie is also a coach with over ten years, and her training methods include mental training as a significant aspect.
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