Building Confidence for Runners

How much of running is mental? Most runners believe their training and racing is anywhere from 50 to 90% mental, which begs the question: How do you train your brain to work for you and not against you?


An important mental skill we work on with athletes and business professionals is confidence. Confidence is a belief in your abilities and contrary to popular belief, it is not something you either have or you don’t. For runners, this mental skill is one to build over time through your training to then leverage on race day.


Listen in to learn about where confidence comes from and tips to build your belief in your running abilities. If you take time to intentionally build your confidence, you’ll be able to put in more effort for a longer period of time, pursue challenging goals, persevere through setbacks, and most importantly, enjoy running.

Abby Keenan is a mental performance coach located in Dacula, GA. She mentally prepares runners, triathletes, and other athletes to perform at their best when it matters most. To talk to Abby about how you can improve your performance in training or on race day, click here.