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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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

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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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-19

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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  • jda9ball
  • 16-04-19

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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-20

great

very motivational and easy to listen to.

such a great story. makes me want to strive to the olympics myself.

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  • Kristen Schilling
  • 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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  • Margaret Myrick
  • 30-08-20

Inspiring Read

As an amateur athlete, I listen to a lot of adventure, sport and travel audiobooks for inspiration. I am fascinated by their stories and personalities- especially endurance and elite athletes. One of the themes I've observed is that a lot of them are super hard on themselves, and can rely on negative self-talk and in some cases have unhealthy mental or physical habits to push past the competition or a milestone in athletics.

From my personal experience, I used to be very hard on myself too, and have been afraid in the past to let that go for fear that I would lose my desire to push myself. My fears are slightly validated by some biographies of top performers where they demonstrate a little (or a lot) of self-loathing.

I really want to believe something different - that one can climb to the top of their field with a positive mindset and healthy habits. In search for this evidence, I landed on this book, and it very much supports this. Deena's ability to practice positive thinking and overcome mental barriers over her decades long career is worthy of respect, and she consciously chooses to change her mindset and work on it.

There is no one path to excellence but I believe this is worth a read for anyone who is interested in pushing their limits in a positive way.

And aside from all that, she is just a cool person and it was really interesting for me to follow her career.

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  • Kara
  • 28-08-20

Great memoir!

I enjoyed hearing Deena narrate her own book. She gave some nice insights on her 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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  • 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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  • Ed Wilson
  • 18-02-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

As an amateur runner and creator of negative thoughts, this book ticks all the boxes.
Deena's story telling is both uplifting and informative. Whilst I'll not be hitting the same speed and distances, I can take the lessons on positive thinking and mental fortitude into every long mile and every bad meeting.

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  • CatherineBevan
  • 20-11-19

Excellent story & running book

This is an inspirational book for runners
I was griped thought out what an amazing story
Particularly pleased it is a female runner why are there not more books out there like this
I have advised all my fellow female runners to read it .

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  • Emma Manton
  • 17-09-19

Utterly Inspiring!

Beautifully read by the author herself, this is a truly inspiring insight into the runner's mind.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-19

Wonderful and inspirational story

What a wonderful, exciting, captivating and inspirational story. I crave books on running and this one is the best I’ve read to date.

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  • WCL
  • 16-06-19

Excellent all round

One of the best running books available. Well written and read by Deena. A great balance of life story and running anecdotes to engage both the runner and non runner.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-19

Setting positive mindset for Marathons

A great insight into the mindset of coping with marathons and life. Such a positive mentality and a real perspective into a life as a long distance athlete.

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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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-18

Loved it

I’m really inspired to make some changes that I know will propel me forward thanks to this book and especially Deena’s coach’s wisdom - loved it. I’m about to start reading it again. Loved the quotes at start of each chapter