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Cultivating Optimism with Deena Kastor

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 172 reviews.Part of the Olympian and Paralympian collection
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Olympic experience hosted by Deena

60 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 100
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English

What you'll do

From my home in Mammoth Lakes, California, I'll host you, friends, family, your team, or bookclub in this unique discussion about the power of positivity. We will discuss my olympic experiences and work through strategies so that you can reach your potential. You don't have to be an athlete to benefit from positive thinking. Cultivating a more optimistic perspective works for you no matter your profession or passion. Optimism can take you to unimaginable heights. I'll share how it lifted me, with anecdotal stories, exercises, and (fun) homework!

This Experience is great for team-building. Book a private experience for your group. Is your group larger than my listed max group size for private groups? Want a date and time not listed? Send me a message.

Let's get together and lift each other to a personal best, to our potential, and ultimately to our happiness.
From my home in Mammoth Lakes, California, I'll host you, friends, family, your team, or bookclub in this unique discussion about the power of positivity. We will discuss my olympic experiences and work through strategies so that you can reach your potential. You don't have to be an athlete to benefit from positive thinking. Cultivating a more optimistic perspective works for you no matter your profession or passion. Optimism can take you to unim…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Deena can host private groups of any size, up to 100 guests. Private group rates start at $200.

What to bring

  • Paper/Journal & pen
  • An open mind
  • optional: Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
  • Grab your favorite beverage!
From $25
/ person
Wed, Sep 30
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
$25 per person
$25 per person
Wed, Sep 30
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
Join 5 other guests
$25 per person
$25 per person
Fri, Oct 2
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
Join 1 other guest
$25 per person
$25 per person

Meet your host, Deena

Olympian · Representing USA · Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 172 Reviews
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For more than 20 years as a professional athlete, I’ve worked as much on my mental fitness as I have my physical fitness. Doing so allowed me the honor of holding every American record in running distances between 5K and the marathon, and representing the United States on 19 national teams. I'm an Olympic medalist, the American record holder in the marathon, and winner of the London and Chicago marathons.

A couple of years ago, I decided to write about the mental evolution of my career in the book, Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way To Victory. It became a New York Times Bestseller.

Since its release, I continue to run and race, but find great joy in motivational speaking and connecting with others who want to explore the fitness of their greatest asset—their mind.

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For more than 20 years as a professional athlete, I’ve worked as much on my mental fitness as I have my physical fitness. Doing so allowed me the honor of holding every American record in running distances between 5K and the marathon, and representing the United States on 19 national teams. I'm an Olympic medalist, the American record holder in the marathon, and winner of the London and Chicago marathons.

A couple of years ago, I decided to write about the mental evolution of my care…
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Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 172 reviews.

Kristin
September 2020
Deena’s session was professionally executed and she wove in personal experiences and thoughtful touches that made it feel like we’d known her and were in her living room having an introspective and fun chat. She shared helpful tips we could use effective immediately. Would love a deeper dive with her in this!
Deena’s session was professionally executed and she wove in personal experiences and thoughtful touches that made it feel like we’d known her and were in her living room having an…
Jill
September 2020
This was a dream come true! Deena’s an absolute legend, and someone I’ve admired for many years! I remember watching her win her Bronze Olympic medal in Athens in the marathon. And I listened to her audiobook several years ago, which helped me think more positively through a difficult time in my life. And to get to talk with her about Optimism, and how it played a role in her life — it was just pure joy! She made the whole experience very engaging and interactive, with practical exercises, and good tips on how optimism can impact you. All of which was new, and not covered in her book! She gave me very individual attention too, answering some questions about my personal situation. She showed so much compassion, and shared advice and her own real life stories/emotions that made her very relatable. I would 100% do this again! And I recommend it to anyone!
This was a dream come true! Deena’s an absolute legend, and someone I’ve admired for many years! I remember watching her win her Bronze Olympic medal in Athens in the marathon. And…
Darcie
September 2020
This was an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best. Deena shared her personal stories, a few tools she uses that help in running and everyday life. I really enjoyed the time in this experience and felt like I gained some tools to carry me forward in working towards my own personal goals.
This was an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the best. Deena shared her personal stories, a few tools she uses that help in running and everyday life. I really enjoyed th…
Ashley
September 2020
Most of us know by now that Deena is not only a special and gifted runner, but also an incredible communicator and storyteller. I loved this opportunity to see a glimpse of her real life in her own surroundings and get more of a sense of who Deena is, and she absolutely delivered on my high expectations. Her stories, guided exercises and willingness to answer our questions with unscripted answers made this a special experience and evening!
Most of us know by now that Deena is not only a special and gifted runner, but also an incredible communicator and storyteller. I loved this opportunity to see a glimpse of her r…
Amy
September 2020
I read Deena’s book and it was a great chance to ask questions that I had after reading her book. She gives you tangible ways to cultivate optimism, whatever your goal is - it isn’t just about running. It’s about passion an harnessing it.
Taisa
September 2020
Such an amazing experience! We did this as a group activity for a friend's birthday and it felt so very special! It was very engaging and uplifting and just such a cool experience to "meet" a true legend. Deena made it feel super personal and intimate and it was such a nice uplifting event. Highly recommend!
Such an amazing experience! We did this as a group activity for a friend's birthday and it felt so very special! It was very engaging and uplifting and just such a cool experience…

Choose from available dates

3 available
  • Wed, Sep 30
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    $25 per person
  • Wed, Sep 30
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    Join 5 other guests
    $25 per person
  • Fri, Oct 2
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    Join 1 other guest
    $25 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.