How To Run Better By Avoiding Group-Think And The Herd Mentality

RB77: How To Run Better By Avoiding Group-Think And The Herd Mentality

Avoiding Herd Mentality as a Runner

In this episode  I talk about the social behavior called the Herd Mentality and how it is one of the most common traps I see when it comes to impeding your progress and performance as a runner. In fact, this trap is so easy to fall into, most of us don’t even know we falling into it.  And, this behavior is so strong, even if we are aware of it, many of us will do it anyways.

This form of self justification and desire to achieve what we want is a common pitfall that ultimately leads to setbacks, poor progress and I can guarantee in almost all cases, if you keep falling into this trap, injury.  All this and more, coming up on today’s show……

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Show Notes:


In this episode  I talk about the social behavior called the Herd Mentality.
On the surface, this concept of Herd Mentality may sound a lot like peer pressure. While Herd Mentality shares a lot of common traits with peer pressure, it also has a more hidden,  deeper foundation and has more to do with what we want, than what others want from us.  Herd mentality, sometimes known as group-think, often pressures us into doing things we aren’t ready for,  like running a faster pace, or running further than what we are ready for.  Because we also want these things, we often use what others are doing as self justification for doing things that we want to accomplish.
So today, we will be exploring this concept and specifically how it impacts our health and fitness, specifically running, but as you will hear,  it impacts all areas of our lives.

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Steve is a RRCA and USA Track and Field certified running coach and running club director. He is the founder of and host of the RunBuzz podcast which can be found in iTunes. Steve is also the founder and creator of PaceBuilders, a complete training program and interactive training system for adult runners who want to become better runners, crush running goals, and take their running to another level.