Peak performance

As people live longer, many are seeking ways to maintain a level of high performance as they age. A new book from Boston College faculty member Cathy Utzschneider offers universal words of wisdom about maintaining excellence throughout the lifespan from champion runners and others. High Performance in Midlife and Beyond: Champion Masters Women Runners and Other Experts features profiles of 39 champion women runners in their 40s through 80s. Also included are more than 20 articles on topics such as the neurophysiology of high performance, goal setting, and theories of excellence. Utzschneider is a 10-time national champion who has been ranked #4 in the world in the mile. She has coached six world- and American-record holders and 63 national age-group champions. Her other publications are MOVE! How Women Can Achieve Athletic Goals At Any Age and Mastering Running. Utzschneider, who teaches in the BC Woods College of Advancing Studies, says she hopes her new book provides inspiration and knowledge. Listen to Utzschneider discuss her book with National Masters News.

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