Gain Self-Confidence and Crush Self-doubt

Hi all, an interesting series of webinars will be available from World Athletics with the first starting on 30th March.

We encourage all to participate and hope to see you there!


As part of the Gender Leadership Webinar Series, World Athletics is organising a Series of 3 online webinars with Gabriela Mueller.

Gain Self-Confidence and Crush Self-doubt: Do you overthink, or have self-doubt that ruins your chances of achieving your goals? Do you shy away from setting ambitious goals and often play it too safe? If so, you’re not alone.

If you want to gain a new perspective and make real positive changes in your career as a leader in sports and life, this Series can help you do it. Gabriela Mueller Mendoza is one of the most well-known empowering voices in coaching and training in the world of sports. She’s been trusted by global Olympic sports organisations to deliver continental seminars in-person and online.

Today she delivers game-changer experiences that inspire change, challenge thinking, encourage self-empowerment and growth.

This webinar will help you:

• Understand where self-doubt/hesitations come from and how it affects you.

• Learn and discover ways to gain self-confidence, take risks and new chances.

• Discover how to manage a strong inner critic and how to make it your fuel.

• Overcome your mental blocks.

• Start the process to build real grounded confidence.

Build the confidence muscle you need to realise your dreams, whether it’s winning an election, going for promotion, or becoming the change-maker you want to be.

Register to join the She Runs-She Leads SeriesHERE 

• Gain Self-Confidence and Crush Self-doubt 30 March

• Personal brand/image 7 July

• Stakeholder Management and Influence Skills 27 Oct

Another Take on Fitness

Jean O’Neill is an orienteerer I have admired for many years. She is always willing to chat and compare maps, and is someone who admits herself, came late to orienteering. However she came with a strong athletics background, and as such I asked her to write up a few notes on what she does in training.

Jean competed internationally for Ireland over 400m and 800m in the early 1970’s (as did her sister, Claire Walsh, who competed in the Munich Olympics in 1972 and more).

Her thoughts re training are based on what she does (when reasonably fit and not injured) to train for orienteering. (compared to what Jean used to do to train for 400 or 800 metres on the track).

Jean IOC 2018

At first, starting from scratch, (or after a long lay-off)  do runs every second day, starting with 15 or 20 mins building up to 40 minutes after a couple of weeks. When comfortable with that, then  do the following, based on three training days a week plus Sunday orienteering:

1– Long run–i.e. 40 mins) (could be longer, Jean used to do 1hour)

2–Repetition hills. The River Valley up the road from Jean has a steep hill that she runs up, jog down-or walk a little if necessary). Build the number of reps up, starting with 4, to 10. The distance is about 150m. Jean has her countdown watch set for 2 minutes, going up usually took about 40 secs, jog down recovery, and ready to go again on the next beep.

3. Fartlek. This is alternate jogging and striding (faster but not flat out). 1 minute of each, no stopping. Build up the number of reps. Maybe 6 to 8 reps of fast/slow. When quite fit the time could be extended to 1 1/2, then 2 minutes of each. Its important not to stop at all. (at first even reps of 30secs would do). (again countdown watch is good for this, go or stop on the beeps)

Jean does all her training on grass. If there is suitable terrain the long runs could be done on forest tracks.

If anyone has any questions that they might like to ask Jean let me know and I will put you in contact, she would be delighted to help.


Orienteering in Ireland
Orienteering Ireland, Irish Sport HQ, Blanchardstown
D15 DY62, Ireland