MENTAL TRAINING FOR RUNNERS

About the Intensive

Our online Mental Training Intensive is 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 pro HOKA NAZ Elite team and many more) and apply them in an online workshop setting for younger athletes. Through the online intensive, young runners will be coached on tactical, tangible, and pragmatic solutions to build performance habits on six levels:

  1. Mental practices to get the most out of training.
  2. Strategies to manage nerves, stress, fear and exertion pain.
  3. Methods to cultivate confidence and belief, as well as proactive performance techniques (such as meditation, visualization and more).
  4. Resilience in the face of adversity (such as injury and uncertain times).
  5. Relationship tips that impact performance (such as communication with coaches, teammates, and competitors.).
  6. Mental skills to enhance performance in high stakes moments.

Our System

Following the same system that we use with elite athletes, we begin by identifying personal strengths, clarifying vision, and highlighting potential adversity. We then teach the skills that empower athletes to overcome adversity and develop greater consistency and confidence.

The hallmark of HYPO2’s mental performance work is its focus on belief, a quality that fuels achievement like no other. We will comprehensively explain the belief-commitment cycle and provide resources to enable individuals to grow their beliefs to new levels.

Your Coach

Shannon Thompson’s mental performance work out of HYPO2 is offered to a wide range of clients, including elite, professional endurance athletes from around the world, and the Division I teams at Northern Arizona University. Her approach is science based, philosophical, and spiritual. Shannon also conducts psychology research, currently choosing to focus on the critical challenge (the mental skill that makes or breaks an athlete) particular to several sports, with the intention of helping athletes thrive in these moments. She has identified a mental orientation toward training called DARE state, which she proposes to be the state in which to train for optimal progress, and is interested in the contribution of a “love of challenge” to performance improvement, and the psychological aspects of exertion pain management.

With Assistant Coach
Tyler Day!

PERSONAL BESTS

3,000m – 7:45.70 (2020)
5,000m – 13:16.95 (2020)
10,000m – 28:04.44 (2018)
Half Marathon – 1:02:17 (2020)

With Assistant Coach
Rory Linkletter!

PERSONAL BESTS

3,000- 7:54.29 (2019)
5,000- 13:36.41 (2019)
10,000- 28:12.42 (2019)
Half Marathon- 1:01:44 (2020)
Marathon – 2:12:54 (2020)

PICK THE BEST SESSION FOR YOUR MENTAL TRAINING
AND TAKE YOUR RUNNING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

SESSION 1 – FULL
June 28 – July 9
6 sessions: June 28, 30, July 2, 5, 7, & 9
3:00-4:30pm PST

SESSION 2
July 5 – 16
6 sessions: July 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, & 16
4:30-6:00pm PST

SESSION 2.5
July 5 – July 9
3 sessions: July 5, 7, & 9
2:30-4:30pm PST

SESSION 3
August 2 – 13
6 sessions: Aug 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, and 13
3:00-4:30pm PST

“HYPO2’s mental performance sessions have been a pivotal part of NAU cross-country’s success over the years. The night before the National Championship there is no one I would have addressing our team other than Shannon Thompson. She brings sincerity and wisdom with a modern touch to the field of mental performance. And this has unlocked the potential of so many of our athletes. I consider Shannon Thompson one of our most influential coaches and her focus sessions some of the most crucial training in our week.”

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