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



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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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For the first time, Kara offers a look inside her private Confidence Journal. Interactive prompts teach you how to implement this practice into your own daily training routine.

Confidence Techniques

Positive Self Talk


Setting Goals

Enclothed Cognition

Power Pose

Visualization Techniques

Power Words

Social Connections

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Kara opens up about her personal struggles with confidence throughout her 20-year professional career. She shares how she used a confidence journal to build confidence and enhance her running performance.


Kara guides you through confidence-building exercises; you personalize these powerful techniques to implement in training and competition.


Inspirational quotes and confidence essays from Kara and her professional running friends, including Olympians, an ultramarathoner, a New York Times bestselling author, and two female entrepreneurs.


Experts in the field of sport psychology share their insights, and inspiring women from Kara’s network, including fellow elite runners, share their own journeys to build authentic confidence.


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