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Elite runner Kara Goucher opens up with book debut ‘Strong’


Two-time Olympian and world silver medallist Kara Goucher has shared her secrets to conquering self-doubt and improving life performance in a new book, titled ‘Strong – A Runner’s Guide to Increasing Confidence and Becoming the Best Version of You’.

The accomplished distance runner offers a rare insight into a professional athlete’s vulnerabilities and fears along with key techniques for how she overcomes her doubts. Strong shares insights for developing confidence and secrets for how to build a champion’s mindset.

Alongside her sport psychologist Dr Stephen Walker, Kara Goucher takes the reader inside the process of creating their own confidence journal ‘that will elevate your running and also lay the foundational building blocks to become the best version of yourself across your personal, athletic and professional life.’

Throughout her career, Kara Goucher struggled with confidence. Dedicating time to thoughtfully focus on the positive aspects of her running and curbing her fears became an important part of her daily training routine. Strong shares excerpts from Kara’s confidence journal, a practice suggested to her by the world-renowned Dr Walker.

“Self doubt has always been tough for me and learning how to chronicle and recall the best parts of my training has had a positive impact on my running and my life,” shared Kara Goucher. “I am so excited to share Strong with everyone out there who has struggles like I have and I hope this journal gives readers the keys to unlock new potentials in all aspects of life.”

Strong guides the reader through confidence techniques including Positive Self Talk, Mantras, Setting Goals, Enclothed Cognition, Power Pose, Visualization Techniques, Power Words, and Social Connections. The final section of the books invites the reader to start their own confidence journal with brainstorming prompts, an action plan for the practice, and blank space for over two weeks of journaling.

“We are honoured to introduce Strong to readers everywhere,” said Brenna Licalzi, Acquisitions Editor for Blue Star Press. “It was a joy and honour to work alongside Kara Goucher to develop this journal and make it accessible to people everywhere. It is rare that you get an inside look into a professional athlete’s mental practices at such a high level.”

Strong is available at Barnes and Nobles, at independent bookstores across the United States, and on Amazon. It debuts in a 6.8 x 7.5 paperback at 208 pages for US$19.95.

Blue Star Press, based in Bend, Oregon, publishes books focused on the arts, creative processes, wellness, and witty non-fiction. Originally founded in San Antonio, Texas, Blue Star Press began in early 2015 and has published over 50 titles, including several New York Times best sellers.



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