Interview With Olympic Medalist Deena Kastor

In the summer of 1996, a newly graduated University of Arkansas runner named Deena Drossin came to a decision for her future – she wanted to be a professional runner.

With that, she packed up and moved to the mountains of Colorado to find out how good she could become.

The result of that decision was one of the most prolific and successful careers ever.

Deena won several medals at world championship events, including a bronze at the 2004 Olympic marathon and set American records at nearly every distance from 5k through the marathon, several of which she still holds.

Like all elite runners, Deena trained extremely hard.

However, she talks in much greater detail about the attention she paid to recovering from her training and being ready for the next workout.

That process has only become more important as Deena has transitioned into the masters ranks and become a mother.

Deena currently helps run the Mammoth Track Club in Mammoth Lakes, CA with her husband Andrew in addition to continuing to train and raise her daughter Piper.

This a great interview with one of running’s all-time greats who is giving back to the sport.

A few of the things that Deena and I talked about included:

  • Deena’s background and development into a world-class runner
  • The idea that good relationships and a clear conscience contribute to one’s recovery process
  • How Deena’s running and life have changed both as she has gotten older and since she has become a mother
  • The Kastors’ takeover of the Mammoth Track Club and its transformation into the driving force behind all organized running in Mammoth Lakes

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Links and resources mentioned in this interview:

Mammoth Track Club website
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