Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton

Let Your Mind Run

Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton

This memoir will appeal to the pragmatic athletic population, and jointly to fans of engaging sports narratives, inspirational memoirs, and uplifiting biographies.

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Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method—run as hard as possible, for fear of losing—fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. 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 the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking—shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient—could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of running—to American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathon—and to the accomplishment of earning America’s first Olympic medal in the marathon in twenty years.

Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.

Advance Galley Reviews

I was excited to be offered a copy of this book from First to Read! I have been running for several years now, and while I will never win any medals or really even come close, I am interested in how to improve my performance. I was thrilled to see that Kastor's book is more about the mental aspects of running than a how-to list of strength training and diet plans. I really struggle with stopping when I get tired, and with my brain telling me I just can't run another step, and Kastor's book was one more way of telling me that it's all in my head. Seeing someone who was already great at running realize that a positive attitude and mental training would improve their running made me want to head out the door for a run myself. I really love the easy to implement ideas like beginning a run looking forward to it rather than with dread. I ran my first marathon last summer and feel like I wasn't prepared at all mentally, and I look forward to using her good attitude to push me closer to my own goals.

"One of the lessons from Beijing was that there was a difference between being fit and being healthy, I was one, not the other." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. This is an intimate look at the life of Deena Kastor. This book is more memoir than self-help as Kastor documents her time running from gradeschool to marathons. This book is charming and accessible. It's well paced too so we get snippets of Kastor's life as she cycles in and out of running. Once she commits to running as a professional we get to see how she went from short distance to marathon training and the people who influenced her along the way. The book is a somewhat light and enjoyable read where we see Kastor struggle with her confidence and ultimately achieve great things.

I am not a runner. In fact I’m not an athlete, an athlete wannabe, or even a regular walker. I chose this book from Penguin’s ARC offerings because the description intrigued me. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed every part of this book: first, just the story itself; then watching the author grow physically, emotionally, and socially; listening to her thought processes in preparation and in the events themselves; the science behind the coaching methods and the coaches’ interactions with the runners. A most enjoyable read, and one that provided me with some valuable insights as well

As a marathoner (and Deena Kastor fan), I love this book! Being physically prepared and well trained isn't enough to conquer the marathon; it requires mental strategies to help get you through tough workouts and the ups and downs of the race. I could relate to everything Deena said and loved the positive approach to running and racing as well as how it relates to life. It's comforting to know that even the elite athletes go through the same thoughts and feelings as the non-elites. Deena's career proves that these strategies work!


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