Runners World Feature! “The Rise of Run Rage”

Once again it’s a dream come true to be featured Runners World for this article with a few other experts in the area of clinical sport psychology! We shared our thoughts and expertise on the issue of “runner’s rage.” Once again I love using my clinical expertise to help athlete’s understand deep patterns that impact training or performance. Cindy Kuzma did an excellent job summarizing all our thoughts! It was such a pleasure to work with her!


“What’s happening? Here are four forces at play in many cases of run rage.
Biology deserves a fair share of the blame for these incidents, say Petruzzelli and Ross. When you’re pushing hard in a race or lost in thought on a long run, your conscious brain tunes out and your basic reptilian instincts take over. “If you’re running outside or on the trails, you’re vulnerable to traffic, animals, and then other people,” Petruzzelli says. “Even when we don’t realize it, our brains are scanning for threats.”

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is a clinical sport psychologist, triathlete, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California. She works with elite athletes and sports teams across the country. She is a competitive athlete and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and traveling.