Training: Think Right

What is a mantra? Kamphoff and members of the Sport Psych Team encourage all runners to write a mantra before the race. A mantra is a short, instructional phrase that can keep you going during the race. A mantra should give you energy during the race and describe how you want to run. By repeating your mantra, it can keep your self-talk on purpose and intentional. An example of a mantra might be, “I am fit, happy, and in-control” or “Savor it. You are calm and relax.” Consider writing a mantra today and incorporating it as you watch the video. The members of the Sport Psych Team will also be available at the Expo to help you write a mantra and they will be providing other mental tips.

Runners Edge Mental Tips

Sport Psych Team

Purpose of The Mankato Marathon Sport Psych Team: Unique to the Mankato Marathon, members of The Sport Psych Team will provide runners with mental strategies and mental toughness tips to help runners reach their full potential. We are doing this to provide awareness of the mental component of running and to help runners accomplish their goal.

Who are we: The Sport Psych Team includes trained professionals including sport psychology consultants, psychologists, sport psychologists, counselors, and graduate students in those areas. We believe this is the only active sport psychology team connected to a marathon in the U.S. so we will be making history together!

What we will be doing: We will be helping runners before, during, and after their race with mental toughness. We will be providing runners with brief interventions and mental toughness tips to help runners run their best. Some of the mental and performance strategies we discuss with runners include: goal setting, relaxation training, imagery, positive self-talk, what to concentrate on during the race, and other ways to deal with running discomfort and adversity.

We can help all runners, but here are a few specific examples of who we can help:

– A runner who is running their first marathon, and wants to prepare for if they “hit the wall”
– A runner who doubts their ability and wishes he would have physically prepared differently for the race
– A runner who wants to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but if they don’t qualify will feel defeated
– A runner who knows that she is too nervous for the race, but doesn’t know what to do
– A runner who is coming back from injury and is unsure how the race will go
– A runner who wants to know about what they should focus on during the race to get the most out of their body

Where you will find us: We will be available to runners at the Expo, at the starting line, during the race, and after the race.

At the Expo: We will have a booth at the Expo and provide free mental strategies to runners. We will be talking with runners, and providing tangible strategies to help runners during the race.

“Psychs at the Start”: We will be at the start of the race to provide last minute mental tips and strategies. Look for our tent at the start.

During the Race: We will be providing assistance during the race as “Psychs on Bikes” where several team members will be on bikes along the course, and can offer runners support and mental strategies during the race.

How to find us: All members will have matching yellow shirts that will say “The Mankato Marathon Sport Psych Team.” You won’t miss us. Every runner can benefit from a short conversation with a member of the Sport Psych Team.

Please find us at the various locations above. We know you will find it fun, helpful, and it’s free.

About The Sport Psych Team Director:

Cindra-for-web Cindra S. Kamphoff, Ph.D. is a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant who specializes in the psychology of running and marathoning. She is organizing The Sport Psych Team through her role as an associate professor at Minnesota State University. She serves as an expert for Runner’s World Magazine and her current research focuses on the psychology of running.Dr. Kamphoff operates Your Runner’s Edge. ( As one of the only sport psychology consulting practices focused on runners in the nation, she helps runners reach their potential using their mind.Dr. Kamphoff is also an avid long distance runner and loved running the inaugural Mankato Marathon. Instead of running this year, she has decided to apply her knowledge and expertise in mental toughness to help other runners reach their full potential! TheRunnersEdgelogo