This book.

*Deep Satisfied Sigh*

It is finally here.

I just ripped open the boxes from the printer and signed, packed, and shipped ALL the pre-ordered books today. Which means, it’s time to officially launch these beauties far and wide. Autographed copies are now available on the Picky Bars website! And see the end of this blog for information about our book launch in New York this week.

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I’ve written before about the way the Believe Training Journal series came to life, so I won’t go into all of that again. But the short story is, I’ve learned a lot in 21 years of competitive sport, and a great deal of what motivates me to get outside my bubble is a desire to teach and learn. The books in this series are an ideal way for my co-author Ro McGettigan-Dumas and I to share ways of seeing and doing that we know work. We have received countless reviews from satisfied users of the Believe Journal that have motivated us to dive deeper and make these newest books. Thank you.

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The Why

Our overall goal is to get more people to use hand-written logs for their workouts because they are habit building, motivating, educational, research backed, and memory filled. And they work. Ours are the best journals you can buy. Declarative product statements are all over the place, but it’s simply the truth. They are. I am 100% confident recommending our journals to athletes of all paces and experience levels, high school to professional to the many stages of recreational.

If you want a journal that takes you through an overall approach to running, the original Believe Journal is what I recommend. It is going to take you a little deeper into your relationship with sport so you can get more out of the miles you are already putting in.

This new book, COMPETE Training Journal, will do that too, but it does so through one specific theme: racing. We make a case for competing as a tool for individual growth, and we devote the entire book to sharing the things that will help you frame it, enjoy it, perform your best, and have the lessons you learn serve as catalysts outside the racing realm. This book is designed with both men and women in mind.

While Ro and I were writing this book, I was going through my own personal transition with sport. I was facing the decision to retire from professional racing as my primary life focus, and I was asking myself things like, “Will I still race if it’s not my job?” “Why does it matter?” “What’s in it for me?” “What will change?” “What will remain the same.”

Suffice it to say I’ve never thought so deeply about competition as I did when making this journal, reflecting on my changing relationship with it since age 13, and all the ways I messed up, and all the most pivotal moments of learning. I’ve talked to all types of runners in my travels for racing and speaking, and I’ve always been an advocate for racing, while respecting and honoring the individual path and commitment level of each individual person. And now that I am on the other side, retired, with my fastest times behind me, I am both thrilled and relieved to be able to say that I still want to race. I want to race for the rest of my life, in the context of a full life. And if that seems strange, you will get it when you read the book. Fast isn’t just a time. Fast is a feeling. And even though we can not indefinitely get speedier, we can always get better.

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Indications that the Compete Training Journal might be for you…

  • If racing is a part of your athletic story, (or you think you might want it to be).
  • If you believe effort matters for the sake of it.
  • If you are curious about your potential.
  • If you are inspired when you see someone giving their all.
  • If you enjoy the feeling of using your physical body to it’s capacity.
  • If you want to learn how to win when you’re losing.
  • If you have underperformed and struggle to understand why.
  • If racing has lost some of it’s joy or it’s fire.
  • If you want racing to serve you better.
  • If you want the person you are in life to be the person that shows up on race day.
  • If you want the person that shows up on race day to be the person that shows up in life.
  • If you want to learn from pros how to plan a race season, and build a strategy.
  • If you want to build trust that you are a person who does the things they say they are going to do.
  • If you want to learn to feel satisfaction without settling.
  • If you are ready to spend the next year exploring the craft of racing.

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The Logbook

For those of you who want the benefits of hand-written journaling without the bigger content themes, the new Believe Logbook is going to be the right book for you. It is a seasonal training log with six months of space for your training, and just enough of the essential structure and flavor found in all three of our books to make it work hard for you. This is ideal for people who have been using random agenda books for their training, and would appreciate something actually designed for the job. The durable cover and slim size make it the perfect tag-along. Personally, this is the book I am using at this stage in my life. I know what I want from the sport, and I just want to record it in a logical way with the occasional shot of motivation. If I didn’t already know Compete by heart, I’d use that one.

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New York City Launch!

Ro and I are going to be launching the book in person in NYC this coming Thursday at 6:45pm at the Pavilion in Central Park, hosted by NYRR. We are slated to follow Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s final stop on their book tour for Run Fast Eat Slow, which starts at 6pm. Having seen Elyse speak at Wilder in September, I can’t wait to be there to celebrate the end of their successful tour and the beginning of our Compete Journal and Logbook launch! For locals or those in town for the marathon, please come by! It’s free. Here’s the official event information. We will speak for about 15 minutes and have books for sale on site afterwards for those interested. You’ll have a chance to pick up Run Fast Eat Slow at that time too, an amazing book that falls right in line with my feelings about real food nourishment.

 

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Thanks for reading, and for all the support of this project and of Ro and I over the years. They say “Be who you needed when you were younger.” These journals are an answer to that call. They would have helped me a great deal when I was coming up in the sport. I look forward to hearing how they work for you, and as always, we welcome feedback on how to make them better.

Get an autographed copy for you or a friend at PickyBars.com. There are more photos of the inside of the book there.

Time to Celebrate!

xo Lauren

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