Have you ever wanted something so badly that your own mind became your biggest obstacle?
Elizabeth Clor wanted nothing more than to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Dead set on achieving this goal, she found herself bound up in a vicious cycle of perfectionism and anxiety that thwarted her at every turn, despite making significant gains in her physical abilities over seven years. Boston Bound is the story of how Elizabeth discovered that her own brain was the culprit, and explains the steps she took to completely overhaul her mindset about her running and her life.
For anyone seeking to realize their full potential, physically or otherwise, this story provides specific tools and a useful framework to identify and remove mental roadblocks.
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 the Racing Stripes 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
Elizabeth Clor is an endurance athlete who runs competitively at all distances from the 5K to the marathon. She made the transition from treadmill/fitness runner to road racing in 2005 when she unexpectedly won first place at her college reunion 2-mile race. Since then, she has run over 100 races (including 20 marathons), and was ranked 6th in her age group for the Washington, D.C. metro area in 2015 by Washington Running Report.
She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and is a full-time marketing professional. She authors the popular running blog Racing Stripes and is a regular contributor to various running publications, including the Athlinks Blog.
Elizabeth regularly updates her Racing Stripes blog with race reports, running reflections, and guidance for others. The site also includes her full racing history and all the original blog posts that Boston Bound was adapted form. Below are popular posts from the blog.