Every night before I went to bed I was to lay there and visualize a track and me on it. I had to imagine myself running around it and executing my race plan.
When I got to my problem areas I had to consciously think positively. If my previous thought was I “ I don’t know if I can finish…” I now had to think I’m a super strong runner and I’m going to finish that way.” Or “I feel strong, and I am strong…” and imagine myself crushing the last 100m.
I did this every night and, at practice and over time, things began to change. The night before races I would see myself on the track I was about to compete on and in my lane racing, taking myself through all my points of execution.
The change was not immediate but it DID come. The biggest proof of concept became evident when I qualified for nationals at the end of the season.
I was able to go from a complete BUST to a national qualifier in the span of about 6 weeks simply through a conscious mindset change and visualization.