Courses & Resources

Six-Time Olympian and Former World Record Holder Anne Audain Visits GRTC July 31st!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

That’s right! Anne Audain, a New Zealand native, Olympian six times over, former World Record holder in the women’s 5k (15:13), and the first professional female runner, is visiting Coach Mearns as part of GRTC’s program. The “Evening with Olympian Anne Audain” will be held on July 31st at 7:30PM at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. The event will be free to GRTC members, their families and the public too, but since space is limited, please RSVP by email to Who is she? Anne Audain who has been dubbed “The Winningest Road Racer in History,” sure came a long way from her humble beginnings growing up on New Zealand’s tiny island of Waiheke. Adopted at birth, she overcame a painful childhood disability thanks to reconstructive surgery on both feet as a teenager. Within a couple years, Anne joined her first and only track club, and later left home to become a champion athlete and a pioneer in women’s professional sports. Here’s a brief snapshot of some of her many accomplishments: First Professional female distance runner (1981) Won more road races than any other male or female distance runner in the 1980’s...

Read More

The Thinking Runner

Mental Skills for Young Runners (Introduction)

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014

The Growing Runner’s Approach to Mental Training Introducing a mental training variation on GR’s “PR Pyramid” … If you listen to top distance runners describe that ONE THING made the biggest difference in their personal performance breakthrough, chances are pretty good that you won’t hear about a particular workout.  But I bet you’ll almost always hear about something “new” that they discovered inside themselves just waiting to come out — something that allowed or maybe forced them to CHANGE their psychological approach to training or racing.  Certainly most young distance runners already know that having the PROPER  MINDSET and a  POSITIVE  ATTITUDE are important to improving their racing performance.  But in my experience, very very few of them (or their parents or coaches for that matter) actually know exactly how to develop the right mental skills.  The first step – the first tool – we recommend and use is one that guides young runners through a short, self-assessment. GRTC’s model is based on a questionnaire developed by Dr. Jack Lesyk of the Ohio Center for Sports Psychology after years of testing and research. The questions are intended...

Read More

Training for Growing Runners

Distance runners, are you really ready?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014

Running is more than just workouts that train the physical body. To reach your highest potential, you must also engage and train the mind and spirit as well. That’s what Coach Mearns Growing Runners program and the GRTC are all about – getting you ready to train properly, to compete well in high school or club meets, and to make solid, predictable progress toward your goal of becoming the best long distance runner you can be. For more information on Coach Mearns, the next Growing Runners course offerings and resources, and on whether you qualify to be part of the Growing Runners Track Club, please click on the links here, or contact us directly by email at...

Read More

My Daily Run

GRTC Ladies Qualify for USATF Junior Olympic National Championships

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014

Continuing their success from a few weeks ago, GRTC’s Adriana Hooks and Lindsey Blanks competed this weekend at the USATF Junior Olympic Regionals in Durham, NC with similar results…

Read More
Home Privacy Policy Terms Of Use Medical Disclaimer Anti Spam Policy Contact Us DMCA Mental Skills for Young Runners (Introduction)