At first, my failure to qualify for Boston was simply a matter of bad luck, or so it seemed. But after four years of continued failures, I realized that anxiety and perfectionism were the root of the problem. I spent the next three years facing my demons head-on, with the help of a sports psychologist, and I ultimately qualified for Boston in March of 2015.
I'm pleased to announce that I have captured this entire journey in my new book, launching today:
|Launching Boston Bound!
Marathon. However, at its core, this book isn’t really “about” running. It’s a case study for overcoming anxiety and depression, told in a narrative format. Throughout the seven years of my struggle to qualify for Boston, I blogged extensively about my journey here on Racing Stripes. A large portion of this book is adapted from my blog, and therefore captures my voice throughout the years. The transformation is remarkable, and I juxtapose my current voice with that of my former self as I tell the story. Even if you've been following along for years, the book adds a new perspective on the journey and highlights the key lessons I learned along the way.
Who should read this book?
- Runners who want to qualify for the Boston Marathon
- Runners who have qualified for the Boston Marathon, and are interested in someone else's story
- Athletes who have hit a plateau, and have become frustrated with their sport
- Athletes who struggle with performance anxiety
- Anyone who has difficulty coping with perceived failures
- Anyone who reads this blog and has found it interesting and/or helpful
What will you get out of this book?
- Tips, tools, and strategies for dealing with disappointment
- Tangible ways to cope with and minimize anxiety and self-doubt
- A juxtaposition of how NOT to analyze your performance vs. how TO analyze it
- A relatable story of mental and emotional struggle in the pursuit of a goal
I'd love it if my blog followers would review the book on Amazon.com after you have read it. If you know of anyone who'd be interested in this book, please let them know about it. I've also created a Facebook page and website to help promote the book. Also, feel free to comment on this post and let me know your thoughts!
Want to learn more? Visit the book's website at www.BostonBoundBook.com.