Mental Training for Runners

Our new Mental Training sessions for runners are designed to take the performance psychology skills honed over many years by our work with elite runners (the Northern Arizona University cross country team, the professional HOKA NAZ Elite team and many more) and apply them in an online workshop setting for younger athletes. Through the workshop, young runners will be coached on tactical, tangible, and pragmatic solutions to build performance habits on six levels, including strategies to manage nerves, stress, fear and exertion pain; methods to cultivate confidence and belief; resilience in the face of adversity, and much more.

Mental Performance Intensives

One of HYPO2’s ongoing passions is seeing how it can take what it knows from working with world-class athletes and apply that experience and expertise to people outside the world of elite sport. HYPO2’s Mental Performance Intensive (MPI) programs are designed to apply the performance psychology skills used by people operating in the pressure cooker of high-level sport to people working in other types of professions. Participants will learn the invaluable performance strategies of top-caliber athletes, be equipped with the critical tools necessary to apply those strategies, and have the chance to fine-tune them in an environment overseen by specialists experienced at working with high performers at the uppermost tiers of sport.

Focus Sessions

HYPO2’s Focus Sessions are a mental performance training series that enables runners to find their best focus for training, racing and recovery. Sessions include mental performance tips from elites (like Olympian Kim Conley, members of the venerable NAU Track and Field team and the Hoka One One NAZ Elite team), illustrative stories, the science of performance psychology, and applicable strategies for performance optimization. Strategies include running-specific meditations, visualizations and more. Focus session content also includes perspectives and guidelines for thriving during these current uncertain times.

The mental performance work that HYPO2 has done with our athletes over the course of the last few years has truly been a game-changer. I seriously doubt that our three Division I National Championships could have been won without it, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it for any coaches and athletes looking to maximize their team’s potential.

~ Michael Smith, Director of Track & Field, Northern Arizona University ~