You’ve seen the scenario play out before: You start something running-related—
a training program, a tempo session on the track, a self-care practice like foam rolling, your target race—and you are gung ho.

You are confident you will NAIL IT this time, despite history telling you otherwise.

Then the flu invades your house, and three weeks of missed workouts fly by.

Or, demoralized by your splits, you quit the workout halfway through.

Or dinner prep + gymnastics carpool duties + endless emails derail your evening foam rolling plans.
(And you were going to plank during every commercial, too!)

Or you get to mile 11 of your half-marathon, totally on goal pace,
but your legs are pissed and your mind has WTF on repeat, so you let yourself off the hook.

Here’s the thing: Your intentions aren’t bad.
You’re not weak or wishy-washy or wrong.

You just need an assist from the complex organ that lives in your head, a.k.a your brain.
It happens to play the starring role in how the rest of your organs and muscles function.

In order to optimize your running, you eat well, you do your push-ups and planks and squats, you foam roll (occasionally, at least).

In order to thrive, you also need to address your mental skills:
learning how to channel thoughts, deal with anxieties, set appropriate goals, and manage your internal dialogue.
When you do that, you can execute the training cycle, race or season—or all three!— that you desire.

In these unique, small-group sessions, Dr. Justin Ross, a sports psychologist in Denver,
will lead you through three separate stages of integrating a high-performance mindset into your training.

Listen to an Another Mother Runner podcast with Justin that lays out some of the basics of the Perform Like a Mother program.


Meet YOur Coach: Dr. JUSTIN ROSS

Denver, CO; Father of two (ages 4 + 2)

Practicing since: 2007
Professional certifications: PsyD
After a workout, I: foam roll, stretch, and drink coconut water with protein.
Two athletic accomplishments:
1. Qualified for Boston in 2016 with a 3:03 marathon.
2  5:15 PR at Boulder 70.3 in 2015.
Two paternal accomplishments:
1. Keeping my two kids healthy and relatively well adjusted is my biggest achievement—and continued focus I have—as a father.
2. That’s more than enough, right?
Don’t ask me to: Fix you. You’re not broken.
One word that describes my coaching style: Collaborative.