Let your mind run
A thoughtful approach to running with Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton
This book is a fascinating insight into not how quickly Deena ran – and she ran very fast indeed – but more why she did. Thanks to her ability to create something positive out of just about every situation she faced including breaking her foot early on in the 2008 Olympic marathon, she could always bounce back and move on.
Deena is the type of superstar athlete you read about in newspapers. A national champion in school, she become a professional runner who, at her peak, took bronze in the 2004 Olympics marathon, won the Chicago Marathon and became the first American woman to run 26.2 miles under 2hr 20min.
So, it’s refreshing to read about the way she attributes her success to her mind rather than just her training regime. Even to Deena that training seemed impossible, far too hard and something she could never finish, but time and again she’d create a mind-set that got her through the session. She writes: “Something magical happens when you take control of your thoughts. You realise you are your own creation. Moment to moment, who do you want to be?”
It’s a book filled with such insight. “Habits are developed through repetition,” she says, describing how she overcame pre-workout fatigue. “So instead of focussing on my attitude periodically, I set out to make thinking positively a practice.”
Of course, what makes all of this appealing to us, is her love of trail. It’s not something she discovered after her road running career came to an end but something she’s loved since she started. “I turned in all directions and was amazed at how gorgeous it was, how far I’d come, and that I was even here,” she recalled after returning from to running having broken her foot. For Deena, the feel of being out there is every bit as exciting as any result.
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