Podium Mindset Camp

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Podium Mindset Camp

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Pricing Until July 1: Camp 1 or Camp 2: $150; Camp 1 AND Camp 2: $250

Pricing After July 1: Camp 1 or Camp 2: $175; Camp 1 AND Camp 2: $300

Questions contact Lennie Waite at lenniewaite@gmail.com. You can also register for camp over the phone by calling 512-657-3767.  

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Podium Mindset Cross Country & Track Camp

Who: This camp is geared towards high school athletes and middle school athletes age 12 and over. Open to any and all entrants limited only by age (12-18) and number.

When: CAMP 1-Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th 2018 from 8:00am-11:00am

CAMP 2-Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th 2018 from 8:00am-11:00am

Where: Wendel D. Ley Track, Houston, TX 77005

We have access to indoor and outdoor facilities, and we will rotate between the two to have some breaks from the Houston heat and humidity! For parking information, use Entrance Gate 5 off of Main Street to park for free next to track facility. Please click on the link to see a Rice Campus Map with the Entrance Gate labelled. 


Your mind is a powerful asset in sports. How you think affects how you perform, and your brain is just like any other muscle: it responds to training.

This camp is not an ordinary running camp. We will spend the first 60-90 minutes doing physical training and the remainder going over mental training. There are subtleties that differentiate a good runner from a great runner, and a lot of that lies in the mindset and perspective of the athlete.

The mindset that you have and the lifestyle that you live in the 22 hours a day that surround your training have an impact on how quickly you improve, how you perform in races, and how you react as the pressure builds for major competitions towards the end of the season.

Do you struggle with pacing in the middle mile of cross country races?

Do you feel exhausted until you see the finishing line and then somehow manage to summon an incredible kick?

Do you ever feel like nerves, anxiety or fear get the best of you on competition day?

Have you ever had a coach, teammate, or parent tell you that you need to be more mentally tough?

Whether you are thinking about running in college and want to learn more about running at the next level, or you simply want to improve your times this year, this camp will help you! During camp, we will run, work on strength, and focus on building a mindset around your running that will help you sustain your passion for the sport over a period of time and provide you with skills you can use to improve your running.

At camp, you will have the opportunity to learn from Olympian Lennie Waite on the physical and psychological training that will help you improve overtime. 

About the Camp Director

Lennie Waite, PhD, CMPC: Lennie Waite is an Olympian and a 2008 graduate of Rice University. During her time as a student-athlete at Rice, she was a 2 time All-American, NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist, and NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipient. She was 4th in the Olympic Trials in 2012, but continued to persevere over the next four years, and achieved her goal of becoming an Olympian in 2016.  In addition to her running background, Lennie holds a PhD in Psychology and is a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC). She works with athletes across a range of abilities and is focused on helping them reach their goals and improve in the long run.

About the Camp Staff

Nick Purcell, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS: Nick Purcell is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Texas Children's Hospital. Nick completed his Sports PT residency in 2016 where he had the opportunity to work with collegiate and professional athletes and spent most of his time with Rice University Athletics (baseball, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track & field) and the Houston Dynamo and Dash soccer teams. As a sports PT, Nick is passionate about treating injured runners through gait analysis, education, manual therapy, and exercise to help them achieve full recovery.

Bree Schrader, MS, CSCS, CPT: Bree is a Health Fitness Specialist with EXOS and a volunteer assistant coach with the Rice Women's Cross Country & Track team. Bree completed her Masters in Sports Pedagogy at Baylor in 2016, where she also ran cross country and track while getting her Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. As a Certified Strength & Conditioning coach, she loves helping athletes get stronger and more injury-proof with strength programs tailored specifically for runners. She currently enjoys road racing and is chasing the Olympic Trials standard in the marathon for 2020.

Cali Roper, MSW Candidate: Cali is a Rice graduate working towards her Masters of Clinical Social Work at Baylor University. Cali was a Texas high school state champion in cross-cross country and track in the 3200. At Rice, Cali was the Conference USA champion in the 10k for three consecutive years. She qualified for NCAA Nationals in the 10k, placing 22nd in the nation. Cali has run 16:14 for 5k and recently finished as the first local in the Houston Marathon, with a time of 2:48.  She is currently training for the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon. 

Tyler Werner: Tyler is a Sam Houston State University graduate who now works with the Houston Fire Department. When Tyler isn't fighting fires, he works as an EMT for the Houston Astros. Tyler completed his first marathon this January at the Houston Marathon having only previously ran 12 miles leading up to the race (not recommended). In his free time, he enjoys helping others, volunteering, and watching or playing sports of all kinds. Tyler is currently on a competitive local Houston kickball team, where his team just placed 2nd in the Houston Championships.