Might also be said to have momentuma kind of psychological momentum. It was hard for him initially to get up to speed with his composition of the work, but now that he has, he feels that his progress will continue in a way that is almost beyond his control. There is a certain force, almost some kind of natural law, working in his favor. Momentum in sports is psychological momentum. But does it exist in running?

I think so, but it is a little different in running than in sports that pit pairs of opponents against each other. In these sports, momentum is essentially one side exerting control over the other. In running, momentum occurs primarily in training and takes the form of a period of improving fitness that seems to have its own force. The circumstances are right, things are clicking, and the runner feels assured that her improvement will continue. Momentum is different from confidence as I defined it in Post 1.

Confidence is a positive feeling about your capabilities. You can, of course, have confidence in your ability to continue improving through proper training, but even this form of confidence is different from psychological momentum in training. Confidence in any form is self-focused. It says, I know I can do this. Psychological momentum is outwardly focused. It is a feeling that a force is operating on your behalf toward your desired outcome in a situation. Confidence includes a sense of control; the feeling of psychological momentum does not. Instead, it includes a sense of trusttrust in the overall situation. Perhaps the simplest way to describe psychological momentum is as the feeling that things are going your way and are likely to continue doing so.


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