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Praise for The Competitive Edge


"We were impressed by this book when it first came out in 1984. Never before had such a combination of credentials been brought to bear on the subject: the mental side of distance running. Rich Elliott had been a national-class distance runner, was a successful coach, had made a comprehenseive study of the psychology of sport, and—wonder of wonders—he could write . . . with clarity, intelligence, and imagination."

Track and Field News


"It's still the best book I've ever seen for practical psychology for distance runners."

Larry Wieczorek, head track and cross country coach, University of Iowa


" . . . required reading for runners of all ages and ability levels."

Gary Wieneke, former University of Illinois cross country and track coach 

A runner has to deal with more than just the distance, the pace, or the competition. Runners have to deal with themselves, too. 

The Competitive Edge is for both runners and their coaches. It sets forth an individualized mental training program that enables runners to be more relaxed, alert, and confident, before and during a competition.

This guide is a must for all runners who are serious about improving their perfomance. Presented in clear, easy-to-understand style, this program includes:

  • Relaxation techniques that help you master the art of calming yourself before races.
  • Mental exercises to heighten your body awareness during a race so you can conserve energy.
  • Techniques that increase your confidence and energy levels for training and racing.
  • Visualization techniques that help you simulate actual running conditions.
  • Tips from the nation's top distance runners of the 1980s.


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