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Let Your Mind Run

Written by: Deena Kastor,Michelle Hamilton
Narrated by: Deena Kastor
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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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Exhausting chore of a listen

Maybe I was expecting something different. But the first several hours are just the author narrating narrow losses and her talent suddenly leading her to exceed explore win. Nothing for a casual runner to take away except “be born fast and be amazing right away in college.”

The ratings indicate maybe there’s wisdom later in the book but life is short so I’m not wasting any more time trying to find out.

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A must read for every athlete

Deenna’s story is proof of the importance of training the mind just as hard as you train your body, especially if you want to excel . Although anyone can relate to her story and learn some valuable lessons, I think it is a must read for every athlete, either as a lesson or good reminder.

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Amazing book!

Amazing book! A must read for every runner! You’ll run better and happier. Deena’s positivity is contagious.

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Thanks Deena!

This book has been a lovely running companion thanks so much for sharing your story

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Honest & Inspiring

Was fascinating to be invited into the mind - hence world - of such an elite athlete. She was very generous with the telling her story as well as many tips and specific examples of what it took to reach such heights. If you are an athlete, this is a gotta read!

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Loved this book!

I love running but also walk many days & I listen to audible books when I walk. I loved this book & hearing Deena talk to herself in her head as she ran and pushed through was wonderful. It made me feel like we all do the same thing, no matter if we are Olympic athletes or not. The mental piece is huge! I felt so encouraged and motivated to move! I found I paid attention to my surroundings even more as she described the beauty around her & I often had an extra bounce in my step! I loved listening to this book! Highly recommend! Maybe if you don’t run, you may not enjoy it as much, but excellent if you are a runner!

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beautiful story about the power of the mind

deena is a beautiful soul with an ancient truth in her that was waiting to be spoken. thank you for Sharing your story deena.

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One of my favorites!

I have listened to Deena's book about 5 times so far. After being in a bad accident, I have found it a challenge to keep my mind in the right space during all the recovery, so every few months I will put on Deena's book and get a big dose of positivity! I love how she tells her story, it feels like a friend giving you a boost. What she says is so true, our attitude is everything. I'm so glad that I can keep turning to her book to keep me on a good path. Thank you Deena !!

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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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