“Let Your Mind Run” by Deena Kastor – Book Review

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.

The day Deena Kastor became a truly elite runner was the day she realized that she had to ignore her talent–it had taken her so far, but only conquering the mental piece could unlock higher levels of achievement. In Let Your Mind Run, the vaunted Olympic medalist and marathon and half-marathon record holder, will reveal how she incorporated the benefits of positive psychology into her already-dedicated running practice, setting her on a course to conquer women’s distance running. Blending both narrative running insights and deep-dive brain science, this book will appeal to and motivate steadfast athletes, determined runners, and tough-as-nails coaches, and beyond.
This memoir, written by perhaps the most famous American woman active in the competitive world of distance running, will appeal to the pragmatic athletic population, and jointly to fans of engaging sports narratives, inspirational memoirs, and uplifiting biographies.

I finished this book a while ago but absolutely loved it. I wish I have bought it instead of borrowing it from the library because I would have highlighted and dog-eared a ton of the pages!

The book follows Deena’s running career from the very start when she’s just a kid. You read along as she learns about cross country and discovers she has talent and then realizes that it’s not just talent alone that will get her to her goals.

As you read in the description, Deena employees positive thinking and psychology on herself in order to reach her goals and, spoiler alert, it works!

Minus her initial talent, I can relate to her running highs and lows and liked reading about her journey. I’m already using bit and pieces from the book for coaching.

I definitely recommend adding this book to your reading list!


Add it to your “to read” shelf on Goodreads!

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