Author Stephanie Atwood is about to launch her newest book, Confidence – The Accidental Athlete: How Running Changed My Life on September 30, 2015. The book is specially priced for just a few days.
Readers get a glimpse into Atwood’s world as she moves from naïve, non-athletic teenager to competitive runner, ski racer, and one of the top female climbers of her decade.
Stephanie was in grade school shortly before the groundbreaking women’s civil rights issue Title 9 (for equal funding in sports) was made into law in 1972. Girls in her school participated in physical education, in school, on a daily basis. However, the sports they participated in were limited. Girls never went to the track to run nor were they offered after-school sports like cross-country or track. Running sports were available only to boys.
When the day came that Atwood was required to run a mile, for the national senior fitness test, she had no idea how to complete the task. The run was humiliating and frustrating. Why had the girls never prepared for this? The high-school senior girl felt she had been abandoned by the system and set out to change things.
The change came after a 26 day Outward Bound Course taught her to believe in her inner strength and overcome many of her fears. As a young adult, out of high school, Atwood realized that she enjoyed taking risks, loved competition, and was able to run, not just one mile but also a full marathon. She became, by accident, the athlete described in her book.
“Discovering that I was an athlete was life-changing,” says the author, as she goes on to describe a chronology of mentors, adventures, and life events that taught and tested her, both physically and emotionally. It had very little to do with competition and a great deal to do with confidence in all aspects of her life. “Being athletic connected me to my physical world and made me face inner fears and overcome irrational limitations. Being athletic allowed me to strive high without fear of failure. So much of it was a mind game.”
Stephanie Atwood has devoted her life to empowering women, to help them discover their Accidental Athlete and overcome the barriers that block them from their full potential. Her book, Confidence – The Accidental Athlete: How Running Changed My Life shares the story of her empowerment. It is the first in the “Empowered Athlete” Series and is available on Amazon.com.
All of Atwood’s books including The Accidental Athlete can be purchased and perused on her author’s page on Amazon.com under Stephanie Atwood Author.
Stephanie Atwood, Wellness Authority, Speaker, Author, and Athlete is founder of three health and wellness businesses. They are Go WOW Living, Go WOW Team, and At Last The Best. Atwood can be contacted through her website at gowowliving.com, by phone at 510 261-8671 and on social media sites as Go WOW Living.
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