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Running Within: A Guide to Mastering the Body-Mind-Spirit: A Guide to Mastering the Body-Mind-Spirit Connection for Ultimate Training and Racing Paperback – March 1, 1999
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"Lynch and Scott are great coaches for the minds and hearts of runners everywhere. Running Within provides practical exercises for your head and your heart. It offers great workouts for the mind. Finally, the head has a chance to catch up with the feet.""
Coach Roy Benson
Director, Coach Benson's Nike Running Camps
""Drs. Lynch and Scott define the old battle of mind over matter with the use of scientific research and vast personal experience. It's thought provoking for the experienced coach and for the fledgling runner who begins to seek direction to enhance his or her running. Whether you run a mile or 100 miles a week, Running Within will help you do it better.""
Head Coach of men's track and field and cross country, Penn State University
Head USA Coach, 1995 World Track and Field Championships
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This book is designed for all runners from the novice runner to the elite athlete, and I think everyone who reads it will benefit tremendously. The book is designed to enable the reader to take his or her running to the next level, not only by giving concrete tips to mentally help one race faster, but also by helping one enjoy his or her running more, by exploring running's spiritual side and understanding the reasons we do run. As the authors state in the introduction, "Running Within uniquely presents the reciprocal relationship among the physiological, mental, and spiritual aspects of running performance, and how you can use specific mental exercises and attitudinal shifts in your daily training and racing to great advantage".
Spiritual Running Although many of us run for physical reasons (i.e. to say fit, to lose wait, to get faster, to win races), those of us who truly enjoy running recognize what it does for us mentally. Not only the ability to clear our minds at the end of a tough day, but the ability to explore and learn about ourselves, as we transform preconceived notions about ourselves.
One intent of the book is to connect runners with the spiritual side of running. It wants to help them explore fully the reasons they run. The book explains that often the concrete goals we have in running (i.e.Read more ›
There are virtually thousands of books on the market concerning running. Most of those books however don't spend nearly enough time on the most critical aspect which is mental preparedness and toughness. However, this book gives what most trainig books and groups do not..a way to deal with the mental aspects of running.
This book is wonderful because it gives the reader techniques on how to deal with stress, anxiety, pain, disappointments, setbacks injuries, fatigue etc., all from the MENTAL side. I like how the authors make the connection between mind and body. They focus on the mind first and how the mind can often control the body.
I found MANY useful mental exercises from "breathwatching", visualization, dealing with fatigue and disappointments, learning from mistakes etc., Most importantly, the book focuses on the process of running and self discovery and NOT the result. This book helps novice runners like myself enjoy the process, find our own tools that work for us and realize that it is often mind over matter. This book is a must have for those just starting out "marathoning" or for anyone who just wants to enjoy the mental benefits of running and the pleaseure it gives.
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This is the best book about running - it helped me run 5 ultra endurance marathons in 5 different deserts around the world from Antartica to Gobi to Atacama to Namibia to the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by LUCY TANG/WASTNAGE
I was really disappointed with this book. I ordered this book from my local bookstore and sold it back to them. It contains filler (page-sized photos of people running!). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Will Peters
A friend recommended this book, and I was really excited to read it. I couldn't get past the first chapter, and I never have that problem with books. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rachel
The mental side of racing and training is often neglected. Training your mind can have a powerful improvement on performance. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christine L. Wodke
I've been reading it a section at a time - absorbing, reflecting and applying the info.
Much like Dan Millman's work, this is about the inner journey and competing against... Read more
I've run 15 marathons, and re-read this book every time I begin training. It is such a powerful tool, especially for distance sports. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Mary Murphy
Don't let the Tolkien-ish font on the cover throw you. This book is nightly bedtime reading for the focused runner (doesn't hurt before every workout either). Read morePublished on January 20, 2010 by GemTx
If the authors had "Exhibited the Warrior Within", as outlined in the fifth chapter of their book, and engaged self-knowledge, persistence and integrity in writing this book, we... Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by fool4gold