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Let Your Mind Run

A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
Narrated by: Deena Kastor
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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New York Times Best Seller

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 20 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.

©2018 Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“A candid account about the self-doubt that enters the mind of an elite athlete and how positive thinking made [Kastor] a champion both on and off the course.” (Athletes Quarterly

“Long-distance runner Deena Kastor shows the secret to her success - and as an Olympic medalist and the American female record holder in the marathon, she’s had more than a few - relies less on any inborn talents, but on ‘the power of thought, attitude and perspective.’ Through race day and training anecdotes, she reveals the mental habits anyone can use to unleash their physical and mental potential.” (Furthermore from Equinox, Five Books High Performers Should Read This Month)  

“I have been savoring every story, every morsel of motivation and empowerment; [Kastor] is one of my long time running heroes and I never want this one to end!” (Running 'n' Reading)  

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Loved it

Very good book showing the determination, grit and strength of Deena. I will take some good running tips from this book.

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fantastic

omg loved it! Deena, I enjoyed having you with me. I wish the book was longer

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So inspiring!!

This was absolutely fantastic and I think I finished this book in a couple of days. I didn't know anything about Deena Kastor before reading this but I love the way she aims to shift her way of thinking to create new ways of experiencing her world. I am not an elite runner at all and I still took so much away from listening to this. Highly recommended!

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Great Storytelling

I love how this book was organized. The storytelling is superb! As a listener, I can picture myself to where she was at points in time, how she felt about the surroundings and environment, and the people around her. It talks about her bouts with mental negativity and how she developed mental toughness and a positive mindset to succeed as a professional athlete. As she matured, Deena had to make tough decisions regarding prioritizing between her love for running, family and motherhood. The narration was just right.

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  • steve finkelstein
  • 2018-05-19

Great book

If you ever seen Deena Kastor, she seems to smile A LOT. After reading the book, I now know that the smile reflects her way of thinking. I am not a positive thinking person. Sometimes I get put off by people who are overly positive. But that says more about me than it does about them. The thing I discovered in this book is that I could be positive, too. In my running. In the way I interact with people. In the way I live my life. I’m kind of an old fart, but I’m also willing to try new things that will make my life hopefully more enjoyable. This is a very enjoyable book, even if you don’t run. I would highly recommend it. Thanks, Ms. Kastor. Great job!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-04-22

Get Inspired

I've always admired Deena Kastor. Afer reading this book i admire her even more!!! I loved reading her story, hearing her perspective on racing. She has amazing mental strength and was able to reach her peak performance by changing the way she talked to herself and the way she reacted to negativity. She's a total badass!! I'm so inspired.I cant wait to incorporate her methods into my training. this book will make you want to go for a long run, it'll make you want to push yourself to the next level. Thank you Deena!!!

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  • jda9ball
  • 2019-04-16

Great insight into the mind of a champion!

Deena does a fantastic job describing how she found running, and climbed up the ranks as a young high school athlete, through college and into training with Joe Vigil and her team at altitude in CO & CA!

The best part is all the little mindset nuggets that Deena shares as she was preparing for races and during races. I have taken away a lot of positive reminders that I can use in my every day life.

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  • Kaylene Giri
  • 2018-04-27

More of an autobiography with gold nuggets

Would you try another book from Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton and/or Deena Kastor?

Not really. The book focused too much on Kastor's career, with many details that did not enhance the overall point of mental traning.

Which character – as performed by Deena Kastor – was your favorite?

There is really only one character in this book.

Do you think Let Your Mind Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-25

Great book!!!

Absolutely excellent book. Such a great story and great lessons for sport and for life. Really enjoyable!! Very inspiring!

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  • mm
  • 2018-04-27

What a fine inspirational book!

This book spoke not just about running but about life. The joy that Deena encouraged in herself was so empowering for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-25

Awe-inspiring and motivation for whatever your are pursuing

Couldn’t stop listening! Although I feel as though I should have gotten into shape just by listening to her mental voice narrative during training and races! Beautiful and brilliantly told story.

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  • Stacey Maisano
  • 2019-05-23

Loved It

Even if your not a runner it’s a great book. I will definitely listen to this book again. Deena is a great inspiration.

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  • joseph
  • 2019-04-26

Awesome Perspective

I have done many races all the way up to two marathons, though my pace is recreational. I have always struggled with the last miles 18-25. This book offers a different perspective on mindset and some great training ideas. I hope it helps moving forward. If not, this was still an amazing story.

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  • Amanda Rogers
  • 2019-04-25

amazing

I could not stop listening to this book. so so many amazing words of wisdom for running and life. Thank you for writing this book!!!

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  • Andrea van Tuyl
  • 2018-05-29

the spirit of running

So simple and so fantastic. Wonderful storytelling that communicates the spiritual nature of running. Elevating.