Mental Visualization Drills To Run Faster

Mental Visualization Drills To Run Faster

In this section I want to share with you 4 effective and proven mental visualization drills to run faster.

What are visualization drills?

Visualization is a mental exercise where you practice imagining the outcome that you would like to see happen before it happens.

Basically, you are imagining your successful outcome in your mind long before it happens in reality.

You may have heard of such mental visualization drills to run faster before and wondered if it really works and the answer is “yes” they do work.

If you learn how to do the mental visualization drills to run faster correctly, it can be one of the most powerful mental exercises to run faster that you can possibly do outside the gym and off the field.

Before I teach you how to correctly do the visualization drills to run faster, it’s important that you understand how and why they work.

How Can You Run Faster With Mental Visualization Drills

Visualization techniques work because your mind can not always differentiate between reality and imagination.

For example, have you ever awoken at night shaking profusely in a puddle of sweat because you had a bad nightmare?

I am almost certain that you have experienced some type of dream whereby you have been scared shitless, sexually aroused, experienced horrible pain, etc. because your dream was so vivid and clear in your mind that you could not tell whether you were asleep or awake.

Notice that when you experienced fear in your dream which occurs in the “mind“, your body’s natural “physical” response is to tighten your muscles and start sweating.

Somewhere in history, someone much more brilliant and observant than me realized that if your body can produce a “physical” response to a visual and imagined event inside your “mind” during sleep, then the “physical” response should be the same in real life if you can somehow imagine the same thing in your mind while being awake!but you have to know how to do them correctly.

The discovery that you can artificially produce an image in your mind in order to produce a desired physical response in the real world has allowed many people to achieve phenomenal success in many areas of their lives including the world of sports.

Many athletes have used mental visualization drills to run faster in a very short period of time and you can do the same as well once you learn them.

How To Do Mental Visualization Exercises To Run Faster

Most people who practice mental visualization exercises to run faster DO NOT do them correctly.

The uninformed athlete will go through the motions and do the mental visualization exercises to run faster but the BIGGEST mistake they make is that they do not attach an “emotional charge” to the mental visualization exercise.

What is an emotional charge?

An emotional charge is any powerful and intense emotion such as extreme joy, pain, anger, jealousy, anxiety, depression, worry, elation, fear, etc.

It’s not enough that you visualize and see a “physical” image of yourself running faster… you also have to visualize the “emotion” that you would normally feel and experience if you were to actually be able to run that much faster.

Therefore, an emotional charge is the powerful emotion that you attach to the physical activity you are doing.

The emotional charge is the critical ingredient that is usually left out of most mental visualization exercises to run faster.

If you leave out the emotional charge, then you have left out the main key to success in practicing your mental drills to run faster.

Therefore, it’s important that you always attach a powerful emotional charge to all your mental drills to run faster.

There are four specific mental drills to run faster that I want you to practice every day outside the gym and off the field.

4 Ways To Run Faster Using Your Mind

There are roughly 4 distinct phases of any running sport so I have developed 4 ways to run faster in each phase by using only your mind!

These 4 distinct phases are:

  • The Setup – The setup is where you actually begin your high speed run.  In track it’s the starting blocks.  In football, it’s the line of scrimmage.  In soccer, it could be anywhere on the field.  In baseball, it’s at one of the four bases, etc.
  • The Run – The run is the actual portion of the game where all the running occurs.   In a 100m sprint, the run occurs after you leave the starting blocks.  In football, the run occurs from the time you takeoff from the line of scrimmage.  In baseball, the run occurs when you takeoff and leave the base you are at.
  • The Finish Line – This is where your run ends.
  • The Celebration – This is the celebratory moment after your run is complete.

I have separated each sports play into these 4 distinct phases simply as a starting point to begin practicing your mental visualization drills to run faster.

Once you have mastered these 4 ways to run faster using your mind the way I show you, then you can begin developing your own mental visualization drills to run faster.

For now, please just practice the ones I’m about to show you below.

Now that you understand how visualization drills to run faster can help increase your speed, and how you need to have a strong emotional charge attached to the mental image, and the 4 distinct phases in where you want to practice your mental visualization exercises, let’s take a look at how all this mental stuff can be applied in the real world.

I will explain how to run a faster mile using the mental visualization drills to run faster.

I just randomly chose the example of how to run a faster mile simply because it is an easy sports endeavor that anyone from any running sport can easily understand and relate with.

How To Run A Faster Mile Using Your Mind

Here is how you run a faster mile using the mental visualization drills to run faster:

Mental Visualization Drill #1 – The Setup

  1. Close your eyes so you are not distracted and imagine yourself at the starting line of the one mile race.
  2. Visualize your posture, your hand position, your head is held up high, your facial muscles are relaxed, etc.
  3. Visualize you are standing strong and full of energy, no nervousness, no anxiety, etc.
  4. Visualize your opponents lined up all around you in fear and nervous of you.
  5. Visualize your physical breathing is controlled and relaxed.
  6. Visualize how amazingly calm and relaxed you feel mentally.
  7. Visualize the exact emotion you want to feel at this particular moment at the beginning of the race.
  8. Do you feel joyful, excited, elated, powerful, unstoppable, explosive, etc.?
  9. Don’t just imagine the emotion but actually “feel” it in your body as if you are there.
  10. What you train yourself to feel now is how you will feel at the race so choose your emotions wisely.
  11. Repeat this visualization 3 times each day at school or at work and you will definitely run a faster mile.

Mental Visualization Drill #2 – The Run

  1. Close your eyes so you are not distracted and imagine yourself running painlessly and effortlessly.
  2. Visualize your arms and legs swinging with proper rhythm and harmony.
  3. Visualize yourself with a consistent long stride landing softly and gently like a cat.
  4. Visualize yourself not overstepping or understepping your stride.
  5. Visualize all the muscles in your body are relaxed and have no tension to conserve energy.
  6. Visualize your breathing is smooth, relaxed and consistent.
  7. Visualize your heart rate is gentle and smooth and beating very consistently with no effort.
  8. Visualize the exact emotion you want to feel at this particular moment of the race.
  9. Do you feel energetic, excited, elated, fearless, unstoppable, motivated, etc.?
  10. Don’t just imagine the emotion but actually “feel” it in your body as if you are there.
  11. What you train yourself to feel now is how you will feel at the race so choose your emotions wisely.
  12. Repeat this visualization 3 times each day at school or at work and you will definitely run a faster mile.

Mental Visualization Drill #3 – The Finish

  1. Close your eyes so you are not distracted and imagine yourself crossing the finish line painlessly and effortlessly.
  2. Visualize yourself still standing strong and not collapsing like everyone around you.
  3. Visualize yourself breathing easily and effortlessly without huffing and puffing.
  4. Visualize yourself thinking clearly without any mental exhaustion.
  5. Visualize yourself still able to walk tall, strong, and still be able to maintain good posture.
  6. Visualize yourself with a strong pace and stride even though you have just ran a mile nonstop.
  7. Visualize the exact emotion you want to feel at the end of the race.
  8. Do you feel energetic, excited, elated, powerful, unstoppable, motivated, etc.?
  9. Don’t just imagine the emotion but actually “feel” it in your body as if you are there.
  10. What you train yourself to feel now is how you will feel at the race so choose your emotions wisely.
  11. Repeat this visualization 3 times each day at school or at work and you will definitely run a faster mile.

Mental Visualization Drill #4 – The Celebration

  1. Close your eyes so you are not distracted and imagine yourself running painlessly and effortlessly.
  2. Visualize yourself as the center of attention in the crowd or stadium.
  3. Visualize your teammates and sponsors lifting you in the air for joy.
  4. Visualize your teammates carrying you in the air and proudly displaying you in front of the crowd.
  5. Visualize yourself accepting your gold medal on the winner’s stand.
  6. Visualize everyone in the crowd clapping vigorously, whistling and hollering your name.
  7. Visualize your name and 1st place win  being announced to the crowd over the loudspeakers.
  8. Visualize the exact emotion you want to feel at the end of the race.
  9. Do you feel energetic, excited, elated, powerful, unstoppable, motivated, etc.?
  10. Don’t just imagine the emotion but actually “feel” it in your body as if you are there.
  11. What you train yourself to feel now is how you will feel at the race so choose your emotions wisely.
  12. Repeat this visualization 3 times each day at school or at work and you will definitely run a faster mile.

These 4 mental ways to run faster may seem ridiculously simple at first glance and you may be tempted not to even do them simply because they sound so simple or you may not see it’s relevance in your speed training because they are “mental” exercises to run faster and not “physical” exercises to run faster.

I simply invite you to suspend all your bullshit limiting beliefs and just do them anyway.

Whether you believe they work or not, if you just do them in your spare time, you will automatically benefit from them and end up being able to run a faster mile whether you want to or not.  So just do it!

How To Practice Your Mental Visualization Drills To Run Faster

I recommend you do these mental visualization drills to run faster on a daily basis every chance you get throughout the day.

Remember, your mind does not always know what’s imagined and what’s real once you are able to have vivid visualizations and attach an emotional charge to it.

If you have trouble reading the instructions and doing the visualization exercises at the same time, I highly recommend you record the instructions in your own voice slowly on a voice recorder or smartphone and play it back to yourself so that you will have a guided visualization exercise via audio and repeat it several times.

If you can not or do not know how to record your own “audio guided” visualization, you are welcome to use the video I recorded below for you:

[INSERT SAMPLE VISUALIZATION VIDEO HERE]

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