Let your mind run A memoir of thinking my way to victory

Deena Kastor

Book - 2018

"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 th...e 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Crown Archetype [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781524760755
1524760757
9781524760762
1524760765
Main Author
Deena Kastor (author)
Other Authors
Michelle Hamilton (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Kastor has been running since she was 11 years old and has earned an Olympic bronze medal and set numerous American records in road racing. In this engaging memoir, she shares the highs and lows of her career, starting as a child phenom and high-school state champion, through her injury-plagued collegiate years, and on to the road that took her to becoming a world-class athlete. Kastor focuses here on lessons learned through exercising her mental muscles, how she coped with setbacks and disappointments due to injuries, and the aha moments of clarity that came through positive thinking—all of which propelled her forward in sport and life with gratitude and uplifting optimism. This is a tribute to her team (family, coaches, husband, and friends) and a gift to all who are passionate about running and who seek to find balance with mental conditioning. In addition, her tributes to her mentors, including legendary coach Joe Vigil, provide a valuable playbook for all coaches. A heartfelt and impressive memoir from one of America's treasured runners on her lifelong pursuit of excellence in body and mind. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When Kastor was 11, her parents enrolled her in a distance-running group in their Southern California town. It was on the trails where she immediately fell in love with running; the adrenaline of racing, and ultimately winning, kept her motivated. But when an injury in college set her back, causing her to sit out the sport for many seasons, the negative thoughts kept her away from running for long stretches of time. After graduation, her desire to run returned, and she made a life-changing move to Alamosa, CO, to work with Coach Joe Vigil. With a new perspective on training, centered on positive thinking, Kastor saw immediate benefits. Training for races wasn't just about putting in the miles but often about positive mental training and developing a mind-set for success. What follows is the evolution of a first-class athlete. Kastor goes on to become one of the fastest women alive; holding world records and an Olympic medal, accomplished through perseverance and determination. VERDICT With an exciting narrative, Kastor motivates runners and readers alike to embrace positivity on and off the track.—Melissa Keegan, Ela Area P.L., Lake Zurich, IL Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Kastor, an Olympic medalist and American marathon record-holder, reveals the mental tactics that led her to Olympic bronze in this meticulous account of her career. When Kastor, writing with fitness journalist Hamilton, started running in 1984 at age 11, she showed a natural talent for the sport. Early on, she connected the approval she received from her parents, coaches, and community with winning and decided that winning was "the point of racing." She left her home in Augura Hills, Calif., for the University of Arkansas; when she suffered an injury and later became frustrated with running, she almost quit. After college she trained with Joe Vigil, an expert on training at altitude, and decided to give running "four years, an Olympic cycle." With Vigil's coaching, Kastor learned the importance of hard training, rest, and mental positivity. Kastor notes, "The effects of positivity didn't surprise me. What surprised me was that it worked all the time." Eventually, Kastor learned how to practice gratitude, create a "mindset of enjoyment," and separate her sense of self-worth from the outcome of a race. Though the memoir sometimes feels like a catalogue of Kastor's many races and victories, it offers an unusual glimpse into the mind of an elite runner and presents a positive approach to life that can benefit runners both on and off the track. (Apr.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The record-holding Olympic medalist runner presents a vividly inspirational memoir on the beneficial role of positive psychology and brain science of athletic achievements, describing how she only became an elite runner after she set aside the views about her raw talent to conquer the mental aspects of her goals.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Olympic medalist runner presents a memoir on the beneficial role of positive psychology and brain science in athletic achievements, describing how she only became an elite runner after she set out to conquer the mental aspects of her goals.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"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 outsizegains in performance"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERDeena 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.