Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli, Sport Psychologist

Dr. Petruzzelli is a licensed clinical sport psychologist, performance psychologist and mindfulness teacher located in Sacramento, California. She has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World Magazine, MensHealth.Com, Fitness.Com, Women's Health, and other mainstream publications.
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The Psychology Behind Training For Your First Race

Posted by Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli, Sport Psychologist on Apr 17, 2018 10:18:10 AM

You did it! You signed up for your First. Race. Ever. You’ve committed to the program and will actually be training for your first race. From a sport psychologist's perspective (that’s me), you’ve mentally taken the hardest step of the whole process - making the decision and committing to do something totally new and out of your comfort zone! As any seasoned runner will tell you, on this journey you’ll have many ups and downs. You’re going to have days that make you question your sanity.  Days that will make you think “what the (bleep) did I get myself into?”

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Topics: mental toughness, psychology, race

DNF the DNF: Do Not Fear the Did Not Finish

Posted by Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli, Sport Psychologist on Aug 24, 2017 4:42:51 PM

“Everyone on social media knows I was doing this race and now I feel so embarrassed. What do I say when they ask me how it went?” — Anonymous DNF athlete

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Topics: Inspiration, Running Advice, mental toughness, psychology, race

5 Major Roadblocks to Starting a New Fitness Journey

Posted by Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli, Sport Psychologist on Aug 5, 2017 8:01:00 AM

CONGRATS on making the commitment to starting a new running or fitness journey! Wait?! Let me double check, you have committed to this thing right?!

Well then, let’s back up a minute. First things first, when we start anything new and unknown, our brains go haywire and start to think of all the crazy “what if’s.” Take the Amerithon Challenge for example—it may seem like an impossible goal. All those sneaky voices flood in and tell us why we can’t do it or what could go wrong. Well, hate to break it to you - your brain is actually doing its job!
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