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What can we learn from the mental strength abilities of the highest performing athletes in the world? What do they do that we don’t?

And more importantly, how can we learn to have the mental strength of a champion in our own lives?

Let’s find out.

Welcome to the Planted Runner. I’m Coach Claire Bartholic and my mission is to help you improve your running, your mindset, and your life with science-backed training and plant-based nutrition.

On today’s show, we’re going to have a conversation with applied positive psychologist Shannon Thompson. She works with elite pro athletes around the world and the Division 1 running teams at Northern Arizona State University.

We’ll go over:

  • The most common limiting beliefs runners have that zap performance
  • Her favorite methods for getting through the toughest part of a race, and
  • How to overcome doubts to build the self-confidence of a champion

This conversation was an absolute delight to have and I really can’t wait for you to hear the amazing tips Shannon shares to elevate your mental strength today. Be sure to reach out to me on Instagram @theplantedrunner after you listen to this and let me know which one will be most helpful to you.

If you need more help, you can order my book The Planted Runner: Running Your Best With Plant-Based Nutrition wherever you get books or request a copy from your local library. 

➡️Or you can enter to win a copy for free, just by writing an Apple Podcasts review. I choose a new winner every month.

Don’t forget to stay tuned all the way to the end of the episode for another Mental Strength Minute. Fortify your mind in 60 seconds or less.


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