Empowering Athletes for a Life Without Limits

The mental side of long-distance and cross country racing is sometimes an overlooked aspect of the sport. The abilities of today's elite athletes and the incredible training they go through to push their bodies to perform at such a level is astounding. What lies at the root of these athletes' performances is their mental fortitude - a strong mental approach sets you up for success in all aspects of the sport, including physical performance.

To shed some light on the topic, we brought together some leading figures in the sport to talk about their careers and how they approach the mental game in distance running, including in competition, training, and coaching.

Faces of the Episode

Isaac Wood - Creator of The Wood Report and current Athletic Development Coordinator at BYU.

Natalia Hawthorn (Ep. 1 Host) - Former UBC track and cross country athlete, 2019 NACAC Cross Country Championships silver medalist, and Streamline Athletes Partnerships Coordinator.

Ben Flanagan - Former University of Michigan track and cross country athlete, 2018 10,000m NCAA D-I champion, 2019 Canadian 10,000m champion, 2021 Olympic hopeful, and current Business Development Representative at Streamline Athletes.

Highlights of the Episode

Isaac Wood pictured left
  • How a tough injury preceded Ben Flanagan's best collegiate season
Ben Flanagan crossing the finish line, winning the 2018 NCAA D-I 10,000m championship
  • How Natalia battled through one of the craziest XC courses in the world
course map of the 2019 world cross country championships in Denmark

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