Book Review: The Brave Athlete – Calm the F*CK Down and Rise to the Occasion

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I received this book earlier in the summer with good intentions to read it quickly. However, I was reminded as to how hard it is for me to read during the summer months because my days are occupied as a mother, and I get too tired to read more than a few pages at night after she’s gone to bed. That being said, I was able to finally finish it after a few afternoons on the boat. I enjoyed it!

The book has lots of scientific details in it, which I loved as it brought me back to college Psychology class that I really enjoyed. Lots of great info on the brain and it’s different parts and how they work. So if you geek out at that kind of stuff, this book is for you!

The book is unique in that it has written exercises to work through. I have been keeping a gratitude log, and was pleased to see there was a written exercise for daily gratitude in here to get you thinking more positive thoughts as it increases the production of dopamine (aka your brains pleasure juice 🤓).

I think most of the chapters many athletes could relate to on some level, so as long as you like reading the scientific side of things it’s great for keeping you interested.

I am working my way back to running again after several weeks off for an injury that plagued not only my leg, but my mind. It had me feeling all the emotions. This book had a chapter titled, “I don’t cope well with injury” 😬. So it was fairly timely for me, and I found I agreed with the author very much. Here’s a little snipit from the book:

“…when the mourning period has officially ended (we typically limit it to 2-7 days, depending on the severity of the injury), the athlete must switch to a positive mindset even if it’s an act.”

This is right inline with many of the other running self-development type books I’ve read. It went on to say that even faking it, is GOOD for your brain’s neurochemisistry. It can trick it into believing things are better than they are. So fake it ’till you make it! Right?! 😆

There were several case studies in the book that I enjoyed. They featured different athletes with a variety of different issues and what they did to overcome the issue (ex: pre-race anxiety, overcoming fear of a swimming class, remedying athletic identity, developing a performance routine, etc).

Some sections weren’t super interesting to me, but overall it was a good read.

What is your favorite athlete personal development book?

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Product Review: Believe Training Journal

I have been eyeing the Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman & Roisin McGettigan-Dumas for a while, and had the opportunity to review it so I was excited to get a chance to use it and see why so many people enjoy it.


First impressions: it’s beautiful! And I was surprised by all the bonus content. I wasn’t expecting all the extras like detailed workouts, recovery strategies, a pace chart, a section on defining goals, etc.


I also enjoyed reading the pages from Lauren and Ro’s own training journal. It was very cool to see that they’re normal people just like you and me, even though they’re professional athletes. They still have workouts that they struggle with, and they still feel tired and unmotivated at times just like anyone. Here are some pages I filled out from the past two weeks. I have learned my lesson to use it like a journal and not a planner, because I switch things up sometimes and then have to use whiteout haha! 😜 So my next week should look a little nicer.

Week 1:
Week 2:
The pro athletes created the journal when they couldn’t find one that made them want to keep journaling. I have high hopes using this journal will help me achieve my goals and it will be a good thing to do at night to unwind and refocus. It will be interesting to look back at certain workouts that went particularly well, and see what I did around that time to get those results…Ideally I’d like to start noting how much sleep I got, and what I ate all week to see if there are any patterns to how I feel during my workouts.

I’d suggest this journal to anyone who is interested in looking back at their training for sentimental purposes, or to learn from your past and improve.