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Strong: A Runner's Guide to Boosting Confidence and Becoming the Best Version of You

Strong: A Runner's Guide to Boosting Confidence and Becoming the Best Version of You


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Selected as an all-time favorite running book by the readers of Women's Running magazine.

Strong is the ultimate guide to dreaming big and reaching your goals whether that's qualifying for the Boston Marathon or scoring the big promotion at work."
—Liz Plosser Editor-in-Chief, Women's Health

Two-time Olympian Kara Goucher shares her secrets to conquering self-doubt and improving running performance using proven tools from the field of sport psychology. Strong: A Runner’s Guide to Boosting Confidence and Becoming the Best Version of You includes tips, techniques, and real-life experiences from Olympians Emma Coburn and Molly Huddle, and New York Times best-selling author Robin Arzón. Strong also offers perspectives from two experts in the field of sport psychology, including Kara's own sport psychologist, Dr. Stephen Walker.

This comprehensive guide to developing confidence includes:
Kara's stories, experiences, and glimpses inside her personal confidence journal.
Insights from inspiring women in the field of running.
Guided activities to incorporate eight confidence techniques into your own training, including: Positive Self Talk, Mantra, Setting Goals, Enclothed Cognition, Power Pose, Visualization Techniques, Power Words, and Social Connections.
Tools to starting your own Kara-style confidence journal, with over 25 prompts to get you started.

Running is a head game. There are two options: Let your mind wander, or focus. To compete, you must focus.

"Mental conditioning is an important part of an athlete's training regimen. Winning and losing are more a matter of mental preparation and toughness."
— Dr. Stephen Walker, Kara's Sport Psychologist

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944515591
Publisher: Blue Star Press
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 538,215
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kara Goucher is a professional runner, inspirational mentor, proud mother, and loving wife. A three-time Division I NCAA track champion, a two-time Olympian, an American record holder, World Championships silver medalist, and one of the most accomplished female distance runners of all time, Kara is an inspiration to people everywhere, and an advocate for clean sport and women’s rights.

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Kara’s Example Journal Entries:

I STRUGGLED THE LAST TWO TIMES I’VE RUN HERE. But today, I nailed it. I was surprised by how fast and relaxed I was running the last four miles. Fought the urge to panic and slow down. Great overall average, great day.

Horrible, horrible wind. Did not hit the paces I wanted, but still knocked out a solid workout. I’m definitely getting stronger.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction:
  2. Meet Kara - Meet The Contributors - Preface - Intro

  3. Confidence Techniques:
  4. Mantra - Visualization - Social Connections - Setting Goals - Power Pose - Enclothed Cognition - Power Words - Positive Self Talk

  5. Confidence Essays
  6. Molly Huddle - Emma Coburn - Sally Bergesen - Robin Arzon - Christy Turlington Burns-Mary Wittenberg

  7. Your Confidence Journal
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. References


I like to keep a confidence journal. Every night after I write in my training log, I also write a sentence or two in my confidence journal about my run for that day. It might be something like, “felt great today and surprised myself by finishing my mile repeats much faster than expected.” Or it could be something like, “felt terrible today. Was way off pace but somehow found the strength to finish the workout.” It’s a way to find something positive from every single day of training. Then, the week of and night before a big race, I can look through my confidence journal and remind myself that I am ready to be on the starting line. Not only do I remind myself of all the hard workouts I nailed, but I also remind myself of all the times I fought through bad days and still found a small victory. Reviewing this journal has been super helpful in calming my nerves and gaining confidence when I go to race. It has made a huge difference in my mental preparation.”

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