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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“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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Underwhelmed

This book had some great reviews and I expected more. I did not feel like I got any new insights either about running or life and I would avoid it.

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awesome book to stay motivated

an awesome book to listen to while doing morning jogs.. there are too many take
aways to list.. a sincere recommendation if you are struggling with consistency.. Deena's story is interesting enough keep
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listened this book while my run , wonderful story

loved the book , effort of American lady who dominated sports with lot of presrvense

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Narration without excitement

author describes her journey as an American runner over years. With long distance running dominated by girls from Kenya/Ethiopia hee achievement speaks for itself. Through this book you will learn hee journey toward winning Olympics medal and marathon. The book ends with her running career. While author has narrates hee running story it falls short of being an engaging story. I would have liked this to be more engaging.

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  • steve finkelstein
  • 19-05-18

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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  • Brenda
  • 26-07-21

Not What It Says On The Tin

This book is totally misleading. The Summary says:
"...an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge", and
"...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."
It's not that at all.
I bought the book thinking it was going to let us in on a secret to greater success, but sadly there was only one TINY section in one of the chapters about bringing a good attitude. Stuff you can learn from a 30 minute self help book summary. And it wasn't even explained properly either.

All Let Your Mind Run actually is, is a blow by blow account of every race by way of trying to make us think "Wow, look how lovely and humble she is, she's not self-obsessed at all, she just has natural "talent".

And what's with the "poor me" half baked inclusion in the story of how the men she ran with to practice and who were her friends, were suddenly so mean to her and told her they don't like her. There's no explanation to any of this other than the additional attempt at trying to tell us how lovely she is by adding "maybe they didn't like that I am always so cheerful". I mean come on, it's not kindergarten. Grown men don't just suddenly tell you they don't like you and don't want to be friends with you anymore, without you doing something to P!$$ them off.....

Anyway, with all that being said, if you're looking for a read just because you like her, then go for it. If, like me, you thought you were going to learn something new and exciting, then go back to the store section and keep looking. This book is not the one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-20

Enjoyed it.

If you are a runner you should read/listen this book. I loved her constant devotion in positive thinking, gratitude and visualization of every race, training or target!

Don’t miss it!

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  • Amanda Sweeney
  • 21-10-20

Inspirational and great for anyone

I took away so much from this book and two weeks after finishing it- I find myself interrogating my thoughts and thinking more positively. A great book for runners and non runners. A great book for chronic strivers, people struggling with negativity and/a cluttered mind. I’m grateful to have found this one!

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  • Kaylene Giri
  • 27-04-18

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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  • mm
  • 27-04-18

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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  • DMA
  • 29-10-20

so so so good

Loved this book. It has inspired me to run more and.push harder. I finished it in 3 days bc it was so good.

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  • CM
  • 07-10-20

Great book!

I couldn’t stop listening!! One of the best books ever and I look forward to using what I learned from her in my own running!

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  • Kristen
  • 09-09-20

Excellent memoir and inspiring journey

TL,DR: I wish Deena Kastor had another book out because I was so enthralled with her writing and reading that I’m bummed I finished the book.

The author has a way of making you feel like she’s your best friend telling you about her day/week/month/life. Her memoir highlights not only her many accomplishments but also her mindset during the events. I especially enjoyed her mental practices that helped her to visualize her (literal) path as well as her positive outlook. She’s a positive person but not so over-the-top that you’re rolling your eyes at her perkiness. I’m looking forward to rereading this book in the future and focusing on some of the nuanced practices. Overall, a great book that I highly recommend to runners and non-runners.

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  • Sam Watson
  • 28-11-18

A satisfied life

Great book beautifully delivered, I feel I learn from
this having priorities, focus and appreciation will create that positivity we all strive for particularly when running. I love how Deena portrays without evening realising how keeping a focused life concentrating on a few passions really brings out the best in all of us and leads to a more satisfying life. Keep it simple and look within as to what’s really important in your life.

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  • Stuart Blofeld
  • 20-09-18

The best running book I have read/heard!!

I knew of Deena Castor as an elite marathon runner but not the life detail or her performances and records. What drew me to this book was the promise of mind over matter. Using your mind as a powerful tool to improve self and improve running performance. It is a great book with huge insight into every detail of Deena's high school running days, her rise to fame and amazing performances at the highest level. The detail in the race accounts is stunning. I loved every gripping recollection of her racing days. So much to learn and admire from one of the greats of Marathon running. A definite recommendation for anyone looking to be inspired and motivated to train harder, wiser and reach your goals.

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  • steve
  • 19-08-22

Amazing if you like the marathon

As a marathon runner I found this story, inspiring, useful and a fabulous insight into the mind and dedication of a pro runner. Good start and enjoyed the early chapters but the book really sparked interest when we got to the marathon. Absolutely class book👌

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-21

Not a lot happens

There are so many good running books around, this doesn't bring anything new to the table.

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  • Emma Green, PhD, MSc, BSc
  • 01-05-21

Dull

I kept hoping hat the book would get better but it never did. I found it dull, self-absorbed and with lots of pop psychology, with very little scientific backing. Deena Kastor is no doubt a fantastic athlete but this left a lot to be desired. Not insightful, interesting or engaging. Reluctantly finished because I wasn’t able to return it on Audible.

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  • heunec
  • 05-03-21

the most inspirational book I read this year

not only for runners but for everyone. A truly fantastic book. i loved everybit of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-20

A game changer

I have read many running books and Deena really plugs into some of the fundamentals here with links to psychology and spiritual connection. I left feeling inspired.

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  • Olivia
  • 31-08-20

More Than just a Book about Running

I have read lots of great books about running and this , for me , is definitely one of them . It is more than a book about running but one about building character and resilience . I loved how Kastor dealt with a fall out of friendship . I wish I had of read this book as a young person but even now it has influenced me .

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  • Paul Goggins
  • 30-05-20

Beautifuly written and read !

loved this book, smooth well written and soothing, whilst providing a wealth of experience to the listener.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-20

Interesting life story

Interesting and enjoyable autobiography from a great athlete. Deena describes her many achievements and how she used her mind to overcome negativity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-10-21

Amazing book, authentically narrated by the author

LOVE this compelling and well written book❤️ Thank you Deena for sharing your story and your insights that apply to running and life🤔 Listening to this book makes me want to run faster and be a better version of myself 🥰

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  • Chloe
  • 07-04-21

An enjoyable and inspiring story

I really enjoyed this book and it made my long drives go a lot faster.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-21

very inspiring

loved it! great book to listen to while out on my long runs for inspiration while training for my first Marathon.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-20

Loved this!

Really loved the narrators voice.
The story is inspiring and a great insight into the psychology of a runner.

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  • MJ Conway
  • 03-01-20

Inspiring

I never knew what Deena’s achievements were exactly. Now I know, to say I am impressed is an understatement! Great listen, inspiring and worth the money you pay for this. I personally took notes on some tips to take with me into the London Marathon. A race of many this American excelled in!

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  • Charis
  • 18-12-19

Great book more about strengthening your mind than running

I’m ne was to running so have tried to emerge myself in the lives of people who are successful and why. This was a great book about overcoming the mental challenges in running but also how that can shape our everyday.

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  • Sean Loo
  • 26-02-19

Enjoyable easy listen

Good if you are in the mood for something positive and easy to listen to.

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  • Niall
  • 22-11-18

wonderful

Such an enjoyable listen and very helpful to us amateurs who love a nice run.

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  • Nikkola
  • 13-11-18

The best book I have bought on audible

This book is uplifting and helpful. The stories of courage are so well executed. Philosophies here apply to life ... not just running. Loved it. Will listen to it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-18

Positivity abounds

Loved it. The way Deena tells her story from start to finish it helps see the psychological development she went through over her years as an elite athlete. Her attitudes and the advice given to her are applicable to anyone, even if you aren't running.