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Ultra running (a 60 miler) in a hypnotic state

Today is my graduation day for my completion of my Professional Hypnotherapy Diploma from the internationally recognised, leading hypnotherapy training resource, the Jacquin Hypnosis Academy. What a wonderful ride it’s been, full of practical learnings, connections, knowledge sharing and a supportive community, my hypno fam a lam. You can check them out here Hypnotherapy Training, Hypnosis Courses, Courses on Hypnotherapy, NLP ( If you’re curious about hypnotherapy and looking for training this father and son team is the the one you need to sign up with. I’m excited for what lies ahead for me in my hypno journey and grateful for the Jacquin’s practical and comprehensive training offering.

The dress code for this evening’s graduation ceremony is to ‘wear something you love’ I didn’t need to think too hard about this as tonight for the graduation ceremony, I’ll be turning up with all my running bling, specifically the ultra running blings.

My first ever 70 miler was an event called Race to the Stones (back in 2018) starting at Lewknor and finishing in Avebury, following Britain’s oldest pathway called the Ridgeway for a total of 100 km in one day. It was one of the hottest day in Britain that day and I completed the run in about 18 hours with a sense of achievement, knowing I had the strength and resources to complete this distance.. I deserve to brag about this : ) despite the stinging chaffing on my back, along the inside of my thighs, battered toes, battered body and no sleep. Embarking on a 70-mile run is no small feat. It requires physical stamina, plenty of training running up to the event but also mental resilience to push through the challenges that arise along the way.

One powerful tool that can aid runners in overcoming obstacles and maintaining focus during such endeavor is self-hypnosis, I for one, can vouch for the utilisation of this tool to enhance your performance and mindset enabling you to finish what you set out to achieve.

Self-hypnosis is a technique that allows individuals to enter a state of focused relaxation and heightened suggestibility. It involves guiding oneself into a trance-like state where the mind becomes highly receptive to positive suggestions and imagery. You’ll get into this hypnotic state after one hour or so of running naturally. By harnessing the power of the subconscious mind, self-hypnosis can help athletes/runners tap into their inner resources and overcome mental barriers that may hinder performance.

On the day, my intention was clear, I’m a runner, an ultra runner and I’ll finish this in one day. I will talk to myself, with positive affirmations ‘lets do this Chan, you can do it’ on repeat with visualisations of myself running strong towards the finish line, like I’m on a film..

Hitting that music play list for that final (70th mile) Eminem ‘Till I Collapse’, my anchor, had me picking up my pace, feeling like I was invincible I’d also use mindfulness techniques through out the run, checking in on my breath to maintain a relaxed and steady state navigating through the pain, fatigue creeping in. Just like that, after 18 hrs on my feet, I reached the stones, to the finishing line.

I’d recommend establishing a routine for practicing self-hypnosis, integrated into your regular training run sessions to familiarize the mind and body with the practice.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use self-hypnosis effectively during the run:

  • Begin by setting a clear and positive intention for the run. Visualize yourself completing your run with strength and determination.

  • Affirmations such as "I am strong and capable," or "I embrace the challenge ahead" can be powerful tools to reinforce your mindset.

  • Imagine yourself running effortlessly, feeling light and strong with each step. Focus on deep breathing, allowing your body to relax and let go of any tension.

  • Whenever you have a few quiet moments, find comfortable space to practice self-hypnosis. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to center yourself. Then, using your imagination, Imagine yourself running effortlessly, feeling light and strong with each step, allow your mind to fully engage with the positive imagery, taking powerful strides, drawing energy from the ground, all the way to the finish line, feeling that sense of pride and fulfilment. Repeat to yourself ‘‘I am strong, I can do this’

Self-hypnosis is a powerful tool to have in your tool box to enhance your sports/running performance and mindset. Where your mind goes, the body will follow.


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