Mental Health Monday: Book Club Recap!


Hello wonderful humans! I hope you are all having wonderful Labor Day weekends! My apologies for missing a Monday post last week. To be honest, I had so much going on that I needed to take time for myself to focus on the present. I realized that taking a step back from a chaotic life is just what I needed in order to feel well both physically and mentally. As we all transition into some of the busiest times of our lives, I invite you to take a step back and give yourself and mental and physical break to rejuvenate and stay present (see Elena’s post for some helpful tips with this!). Trust me…it feels realllllyyy good!

Anywho, today I want to pay a special tribute to the 19 ladies who joined me for the first Strong Runner Chicks Book Club! Thank you my friends for coming along with me on this reading journey for the past five weeks. For those of you who were not able to join, not a worry! Today I will be recapping all the books we dove into together. So let’s get started!

1). Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men’s Cross Country Team 

Author: Chris Lear

Page Count: 288


SRC Reading Club Takeaways:

  • Handling situations that affect team atmosphere.
    • Solutions included: effective communication, honesty with feelings, sticking together, and trusting your teammates.
  • Helping oneself and others cope with injury.
    • Finding ways to continue to feel included and give yourself/teammate a place to share how they might be feeling.
  • Journalistic style writing of the book.
  • Journey a team takes in a season.
    • Importance of team development.
    • Team dynamic shifting as teammates graduate or leave.
    • Energy of the team is affected by focus of a team.
    • Importance of doing other activities outside of sport with your team.
    • Understanding of each teammates goals.

2. Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

Author: Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Page Count: 240


SRC Reading Club Takeaways:

  • Pre-performance warmup.
  • Forces we attribute our success to.
    • Mindset and positive thinking
    • Those who have helped us achieve our goals
  • The principle of stress followed by adequate recovery.
    • The more we train our bodies the more recovery we need.
  • Recovery practices – yoga, sleep, nutrition, deload weeks, compression equipment.

3. The Mindful Woman: Gentle Practices for Restoring Calm, Finding Balance, and Opening Your Heart

Author: Sue Patton Thoele

Page Count: 222


SRC Reading Club Takeaways:

  • Mindfulness vs. meditation
  • Meditation as an individual practice.
  • The elements of mindfulness.
  • What it means to be a highly sensitive person…is this a good or bad thing?
  • How we do or do not identify with Thoele’s feminine qualities.

4. The Endurance Diet: Discover the 5 Core Habits of the World’s Greatest Athletes to Look, Feel, and Perform Better

Author: Matt Fitzgerald

Page Count: 272

Summary (podcast):

SRC Reading Club Takeaways:

  • Eat everything, eat quality, eat carb-centered, eat enough, eat individually.
  • Should eating be viewed in the aforementioned habits? Is this complicating eating or making it easier?
  • Making sure to eat enough.
  • Eating to promote health, recover and fuel training.

5. First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers, and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever

Author: Amy Burfoot

Page Count: 288


SRC Takeaway:

We did have much discussion about this book, as many of our club members were just beginning transitioning into their season and academics. However, do yourself and favor and READ THIS BOOK!! It was so heartfelt, honest, and accurate. Reminded me of why I enjoy running in the first place!

Happy Reading!

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