Episode 28- The Psychology of the Big Breakthrough – Science of Running

Interview with Tony Holler – Science of Running


The breakthrough is what we are all after. It’s what we spend months training for, visualizing, and dreaming about. But what’s the best way to get there, and how do we capitalize on it once we do. In this episode, Jon and I go through the psychology of a breakthrough.

We start with defining a breakthrough as being energized by a challenge, and then discussing how it is often ourself who holds us back. There’s a reason why we need to get out of our own way and how the search for the repeating ‘perfection’ can throw off our game.

In the end, it’s not all about the single one off breakthrough but instead about using a boost in performance to bring you to a new norm. It’s about cementing those adaptations and increase in performance so that it becomes repeatable. It’s why, contrary to our natural inclination, often, we don’t need to push training to a new level after a breakthrough, but instead back off.

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Steve and Jon




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