“It has been demonstrated that many difficult situations in our lives keep occurring because
of the "unaware" information in our minds. This "unaware" information makes itself
known by mirroring our self-doubt in negative self-talk.”
If you haven't tried subliminal running CDs, you are missing out. I got my first subliminal running cassette about 15 years ago. I wore that thing out! I listened to it on the bus going to track meets, when I fell asleep at night, between events—you name it. It just sounded like water running with some soft new-age music and tones woven in.
Quietly in the background someone is reading a script full of running affirmations that isn't noticeably audible, but the subconscious mind can hear it. The subliminal tape I had said things like, “I run strong. I run fast. I am light on my feet. My legs are strong. My lungs are strong. I love running. I am properly hydrated to run well.” And, now for the question you're all wanting to ask, did I feel the subliminal tape made a difference? Yes!
Not only are subliminal tapes relaxing to listen to as a welcome addition to your pre-competition routine, but I definitely felt it was effective. I'm a sprinter/jumper/hurdler. The year I started listening to my subliminal tape, I wound up running the 400 meter due to some gaps in the team.
My very first 400 meter in competition I set a new school record and finished at the heels of the league champion. I feel like the running tape had a little something to do with that. Once I realized the 400 meter wasn't going to be the death of me, I did run in the mile relay more regularly and such.
The other thing I like about the subliminal running CDs out there is they are the very, very best to listen to during visualizations, meditations, and pre-competition rituals. I found that the sound of the running water and soothing sounds actually helped me clear out the mental clutter, constant stream of distracting thought, and allowed me to block out the stadium noise without closing myself off. I see so many Olympians listening to their iPods with ear buds before (and even during) competition. I think we all recognize the transformative power of the right music.
There are tons of websites offering subliminal athletic CDs. They are generally around $15-$30 per CD. There are also subliminal CDs for things like losing weight, quitting smoking, improving self confidence, or improving your finances. Look into these different subliminal audio programs:
Running Cross Country Skills found at Amazon.com www.amazon.com
Running Training Aid found at Amazon.com www.amazon.com
Increase Running Speed found at Amazon.com www.amazon.com
Running Endurance found at INeedMotivation.com (type in running endurance in their search box): www.ineedmotivation.com
Marathon Training found at INeedMotivation.com (type in marathon training in their search box) www.ineedmotivation.com