This is typically how the run-focused audio prompts begin voiced over by Bob Kinnison-the voice behind Athlete's Audio. As simple a line as that might be, I find it to be a helpful in cueing a relaxed athlete get into their performance zone while seated in the comfort of their own home/dorm room/airplane seat, etc.
Some of you may have been already introduced to Bob through this interview posted a few months ago. Working in conjunction with practitioners all over the country, a series of sport-specific pre-recorded imagery exercises were created. As a practitioner, I find this concept very helpful and time-efficient. As much as I'd like to do so, it takes time and equipment to create quality recordings to provide to athletes.
One of my favorite things about the AA series is that my mental training has been enhanced by using the exercises. While I nurse a bum leg, I'm able to visualize my run mechanics as I would like to see them in real life. I'm even able to feel the emotion of a late surge in a race and the recording provides prompts to review racing tactics and common scenarios in distance running. As the literature states-our brains see images as if they are actually present and happening.
Some athletes I work with agree that these exercises are effective and time-efficient:
"These are really neat-you are basically coached the whole exercise but you provide the pictures in your head". -college swimmer.
"This taught me how to use imagery and helps me picture my performance". -HS athlete.
While imagery is just part of a complete mental game-athletes audio provides a helpful tool. I will likely use more of this in conjunction with athletes I see needing a "workout from the neck up".
Thank you athlete's audio for providing the images.