Why not to Compare Ourselves to Others

Running can be a viscous sport… not in terms of contact but in terms of mentality and psychological strain. This doesn’t just come from training but also from comparing ourselves to other runners. Too often the stereotype of what a “normal” runner should look like or train like is planted into our heads. The problem …

A Letter to my Younger Self: Injuries are not the End

2 years… 2 whole years was the amount of time that it took for me to completely heal and run properly again. Not because my injury was expected to have a long recovery time but because quite frankly I was (in lack of a better term) an idiot when it came to my recovery. Now …

Let’s Get This Pre-Race Party Started!

Pre-Race Mentality The hours leading up to a race can be super stressful… as a result everyone has their own pre race rituals or superstitions which allow them to calm their mind. Aside from superstitions there are also nerves. On the day of meets and even the night before meets I would get ridiculously nervous. …

Introduction: The Runner I Am Today

Hello, my name is Mikenna Vanderheyden and I am a mid-distance runner currently attending West Virginia University. I created this page as a way to share my running experiences with others and to give insight as to what the life of a NCAA student athlete actually entails. To open up and begin this blog I …

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