Ask any serious runner and they’ll tell you that being mentally sound is vital to success in the sport. The ability to enter a flow state of mind is something that Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has devoted his entire career to understanding.
In Running Flow, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi is joined by fellow psychologist Christine Weinkauff and running journalist and coach Philip Latter. This landmark work is the first book dedicated to helping runners achieve the state of flow in competitive and training environments. You’ll find comprehensive coverage of the phenomenon, unique practice exercises that stimulate its occurrence, and firsthand accounts from elite runners about their flow experiences.
The psychological barriers associated with training and competition can be as demanding as the physical ones. Destined to become a running classic, Running Flow will open your mind not only to better performance but also to a better, healthier, and more enjoyable experience.
Table of Contents
Part I: Essence of Flow
Chapter 1. Experiencing Flow Running
Chapter 2. Nine Components of Flow
Chapter 3. Flow Personality
Chapter 4. Why Flow Matters
Part II: Finding Flow
Chapter 5. Antecedents to Flow
Chapter 6. Flow in Everyday Running
Chapter 7. Flow Racing
Chapter 8. Flow’s Limitations
Chapter 9. Flow Beyond Running
“The concept of flow is the best explanation for why running is so enjoyable and satisfying. Bringing the perspective of a runner and coach who has personally seen and experienced flow, Phil Latter clearly describes how flow happens and how you can use it to make all of your running better."
Jonathan Beverly-- Writer and Former Editor in Chief of Running Times
“Anyone who has experienced flow on a run wants to do so again. This fascinating book will show you how.”
Scott Douglas-- Senior Content Editor Runner's World