Let your Mind Run

Let your Mind Run

A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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"From an Olympic medalist runner and the record-holder in the women's marathon and half-marathon, a lyrical, inspirational memoir on how harnessing the power of the mind can unlock hidden potential. Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college. Her competitive method--run as hard as possible, all the time--brought her to the brink of burnout and fostered a frustration and negativity that threatened to obscure her success. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered what would become the dominant theme in her running career: the idea that building an elite runner meant developing the mind. Every gain in physical fitness would be dependent on and compounded by gains in mental fitness, which in turn depended on developing a mind-set that could marshal powerful forces of belief and confidence capable of conquering negativity in all its forms. Building a mind so strong would be a decade-long project, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of running--to American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon, and to America's first Olympic medal in the marathon in twenty years. Let Your Mind Run is a granular look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and a fascinating primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can lead to outsize gains in performance"-- Provided by publisher.
"From an Olympic medalist runner and the record-holder in the women's marathon and half-marathon, a vividly inspirational memoir on using positive psychology and brain science to achieve unparalleled athletic success"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524760755
Branch Call Number: 796.4209 KASTOR
Characteristics: 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Hamilton, Michelle - Author


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IndyPL_KathyH Apr 10, 2019

I was already a fan of Kastor from The Spirit of the Marathon documentary, and loved reading the back story of how she came to running. I especially enjoyed her realizations about positive thinking and the change it can make in your life and career. So refreshing in this time of negativity! And of course I wanted to go run as soon as I finished reading it.

Jun 30, 2018

Fantastic read, she is a humbling spirit even in her story telling of running as an Olympian athlete.

CarleeMcDot Apr 24, 2018

A friend of mine let me borrow this book of hers and it couldn't have come at a better time. I started it when I was going through a little Boston Marathon freak out and finished it while on the plane to the race. I loved it! It not only was about her journey and career as a runner, but also how a positive attitude can have a HUGE impact on your running (and life). Let's just say I LOVED this book! I had to give it back to my friend because she wanted her sister to be able to read it, but I've already added it to my Amazon Wish List so I can grab my own copy. I was sucked in because of her story, but feel like I walked away with a ton of action steps to incorporate into my own life. You know I try my best to be a positive person, but know there is always room for improvement. PS Although I love it from a runner perspective, I totally think non-runners would enjoy it as well! I would give it a 10 out of 10.


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