Let your mind run

A thought­ful ap­proach to run­ning with Deena Kas­tor and Michelle Hamil­ton

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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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