Slow Runner Getting Faster: My Mental Training

Hey there! Today I’ve got a new running related video where I talk about how I’ve improved my mental training and toughness over the last few weeks.

When I first got back to training earlier this year I had not just lost my physical fitness but also all of my mental strength. And I didn’t have a lot of mental strength to begin with. I started really working on this a few weeks ago when I decided, “hey I made an investment into my legs when I elected to have surgery so it’s time to get the absolute most out of my running!”

If you’d like to see more running videos like this please subscribe to my YouTube channel! I’m planning to post one video like this per week for the next little while :).

Oh, and I’ve had a couple people ask about my coach recently. I’m working with Lauren Floris again (every PR I have ever earned has come from training with her). If you’re interested you can find more about working with her here.



  1. September 21, 2018 / 6:58 am

    Thanks for sharing . I am quite a fast runner and what helps is building strength.

    • Kristina
      September 23, 2018 / 6:43 pm

      Hey Ralph! I’m pretty good on the strength part. I can squat over 200lbs and deadlift close to 300lbs. I think there is likely a big mix of factors that go into why someone runs slow or fast in comparison to others. Tough to just narrow it down to any one thing but I agree strength is definitely a factor in being a faster and stronger runner!

  2. September 23, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    Nice job! Mental strength is what I struggle with too. As Javelina Jundred looms closer, I’m getting more and more worried about that. I really like your view about the “investment in your legs”. It’s so true. Training is also such an investment in your legs and body. I should really try thinking about that when the going gets tough at my race!