As of 5 p.m. Friday, Eric Peters had three-fourths of a mantra: “power, courage, strength” and a fourth word to be named later.
When the Mankatoan hits the starting line this morning, he’ll probably have figured out that last word — a quartet of motivational words his sister draws upon in her struggles against cancer.
The idea behind his mantra is that, compared to his sister going through chemotherapy, his half-marathon is nothing to complain about. If she can endure cancer, he can run 13.1 miles.
The idea behind a mantra, of course, is that runners experience two contests at once: One on the course and one in their heads. And psychology of running expert Cindra Kamphoff believes the mental race can be the most important.
Kamphoff, a professor at Minnesota State University, is leading the Sports Psych Team, which will provide mental support to runners. She learned about the concept during a trip to a marathon in Toronto last year.
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