With the Olympics last month and the inspiring Bronze medal from Molly Seidel, I thought it would be appropriate to pick a book from the previous US Marathon Olympic medalist, Deena Kastor.
Not growing up in the US, and not having athletics as part of my life until the past 5-10 years, I had never heard of Deena before reading her book (yes I’m blushing a bit while writing this). Her story is both inspiring and humbling, while highlighting the importance of the mind in running (how it can pull you up but also tear you down!).
The book discusses how your mindset can improve your running but also have running help you be a better person, both for you and those around you.
It’s obviously easier said than done to find the positive thoughts that will take you through hard runs and to avoid blaming yourself for not being strong enough, fast enough, present enough with your loved ones but patience and gentleness go a long way.