High School Runners...
Are you struggling to race to your fitness level?
We can help!
Learn the mental skills you need to race fast this fall.
We can help you...
Deal with pre-race anxiety so you can race to your fitness level
Learn to focus during practice so you can run the last mile fast
Learn visualization techniques that will help you race faster
Learn from sports psychologists, a world-renowned performance expert, and four of the best high school coaches in the country.
What are Mental Skills?
There’s no reason you can't run to your fitness level this fall. We can empower you with the skills you need to race fast in October and November.
Learn the visualization techniques that will help your race to your fitness level.
The best runners in the world use visualization to race fast. Now's the time for you to do the same.
Pre-race Anxiety and
Here's a short video with Steve Magness - author and coach to Olympians - and Dan Iverson, who is one of the best coaches in the country.
"As coaches and athletes we're all focused on doing the right workouts, eating the right foods, and getting enough rest.
But one of the most overlooked areas of performance is the athletes' mental preparation.
If you want to take your athletes' mental game to the next level, check out Coach Jay Johnson's Mental Skills for High School Runners.
My team is already finding value implementing strategies I've learned from this course."
- Stephen Pifer
Collins Hill High School Assistant Cross Country Coach
2 x NCAA Cross Country Champion (University of Colorado)
Here's the Plan
- You’ll watch the quick start video when you enroll in the course.
- Then you’ll want to learn from Shannon Thompson, who works with NCAA Division I Champion Northern Arizona (NAU) teams, how to create a “loose plan” before races.
- Shannon will also give you a framework for visualization.
- Now it’s time to learn visualization. You’ll watch two short videos with Jacob Cooper, PhD, and then follow along with Jay Johnson’s guided visualization.
- That's it! Two and a half hours into this course you'll be ready to take your racing to the next level!
“Can I knock this out in 30 minutes and have all the skills I need to race faster?”
Not quite. You’ll need to carve out an hour and 45 minutes for Shannon’s engaging videos, then 45 minutes to dial in the visualization skills.
But that’s it! In three school nights, or on the weekend, you can gain the skills you need to race to your fitness level.
Here’s the deal...
If you know you’re fit, but you’re struggling to race as well as you run workouts, or if you find yourself overly anxious before races, these videos and guided visualizations are going to empower you with the mental skills you need to race fast this fall.
What Others Are Saying About the Course
"As a physical therapist, athlete, and high school coach, I love this program.
It is an excellent resource for athletes, parents, and coaches with real life skills that can be applied immediately.
Plus the platform is easy to use and holds my place so I can pick up listening where I left off on my daily commute.
If you are a high school coach or a high school athlete looking to improve yourself (in sport and life), buy this program. You will not regret it."
- Carol Leandro, High School Coach
"MENTAL SKILLS FOR HIGH SCHOOL RUNNERS is another unique and thought-provoking resource presented by Jay Johnson.
This course will inspire, motivate and guide athletes and coaches with ideas and examples of how to enhance and unlock the potential for mental skills development."
- John Goodridge, Salem HS, Michigan. Former NCAA DI Coach, having coached conference champion XC teams at Wake Forest, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan.
The Bad News
If you put in a great summer of training but you’re struggling to run to your fitness level so far, the chance that you’ll be able to turn things around on your own isn’t likely.
You need to learn the skills needed to race to your fitness level.
You can’t learn these overnight, but you also don’t need a whole season to learn them.
If you’re willing to invest a few hours over the next few 5-10 days, you’ll be racing at a higher level in a couple of weeks.
If your season isn’t going the way you want it to, there’s time to turn it around.
We can help you have the best XC season yet.
We can teach you the skills you need to make the last mile of a race your best mile of the race.
We can help you toe the line with the appropriate level of energy and excitement (rather than being “emotionally hijacked” as Dr. Cooper explains).
You put in the miles this summer, now you simply need to combine your fitness with powerful mental skills to run your best races in October and November.
Seven Speakers, 10 Exceptional Presentations
Shannon Thompson MAPP, NCCP
Shannon is a sports psychologist who works with the men's and women's cross country and track team at Norther Arizona University (NAU). She also works with professional runners in Flagstaff, Arizona. She works with high school athletes as part of the staff at HYPO2, a sport management organization centered around a world-renowned altitude training program and a collaboration of best-in-class high performance sport professionals.
Steve Magness is a world-renowned expert on performance, well-being, and sustainable success. His most recent work is Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness. He is coauthor of the best selling Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. In his coaching practice, Steve has worked with Olympians and world championship competitors. He's served as consultant on mental skills development for professional sports teams, including some of the top teams in professional sports.
John O'Malley, Boy's Coach at Sandburg High School
John O’Malley is the boy’s coach at Sandburg High School (Orland Park, IL).
He is the only person to have coached two Footlocker national champions.
On the track, his boys ran an average time of 7:44 in the 4 x 800m for 11 consecutive years (averaging 1:56 per athlete). Coach O’Malley has helped 10 different athletes run 4:10 or faster in the 1,600m.
Jacob Cooper, PhD
Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Psychology and Mental Wellness, Appalachian State
Dr. Cooper is both licensed as a psychologist (HSPP) and certified as a mental performance consultant (CMPC). This means he possesses the highest standard of training available in order to provide the most comprehensive mental wellness care for student athletes. Additionally, he serves as a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Sport Psychology Registry.
Jacob is married to 2016 US Olympian Abby Cooper, who represented the US in the 5,000m.
Jessie Magato, Girl's Coach at Minster High School
Jessie Magoto has spent the last 23 years as the head cross country coach in the small town of Minster, Ohio. Twelve of those years she has also been the head track and field coach. During Jessie’s tenure at Minster she has coached 15 state championship and 7 runner-up teams. All 23 of her cross country teams have qualified for the state meet and they currently hold 3 Ohio state records: lowest score, largest margin of victory, and most team titles for a school.
Jessie was named NFHS state coach of the year in 2016 and 2018 in cross country and 2015 in track. In 2022, Jessie was inducted into the OATCCC Coaches’ Hall of Fame.
Dan Iverson, Girl's Coach at Naperville North High School
Dan Iverson is the girl’s distance coach at Naperville North High School (Naperville, IL). His girls have won’t five cross country titles and been top three at the state meet 13 times. His teams have qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) five times, and twice finished second.
Alex Lyons is an English teacher and former head girls cross country coach at Lyons Township HS (La Grange, IL). In his first three seasons, the LT girls finished fifth, third, and fourth at the Illinois state cross country meet. Athletes also set school records in cross country, the 3200m run (10:42), and 3200m relay (9:09). In 2018, 22 LT girls ran under 6 min for the 1600m.
Frequently Asked Questions
My season has started. Is it too late to learn these skills?
Are all the videos available right now or do I have to wait?
How much time must I commit to get the most out of this course?
Can I watch these videos on my phone?
Do you have team discounts?
Can I simply listen to the interview – like a podcast - or do I have to watch them?
What is “lifetime access?”
A bit about me
I’ve coached high school, collegiate, and professional runners for more than two decades, including three USATF champions in cross country, indoor track, and road racing. I studied kinesiology and applied physiology at the University of Colorado, where I was a member of the varsity cross country team featured in Chris Lear's cult-classic Running with the Buffaloes. I earned my M.S. in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from CU in 2000. I ran modest PRs of 3:49.5/1,500m, 8:20/3,000m, 14:20/5,000m and 30:15/10,000m.
I’ve written two books. Consistency Is Key: 15 Ways to Unlock Your Potential as a High School Runner was published in June 2020 and has sold over 12,000 copies. Simple Marathon Training: The Right Training for Busy Adults with Hectic Lives has helped hundreds of runners toe the starting line injury-free and ready to PR.
I‘ve written for brands such as Nike, sites like PodiumRunner.com, and magazines, including the much beloved but defunct Running Times. I’ve been quoted in several publications, including Wired, Outside, and Runner's World.