On the most important day of her life, Shelby Hyatt woke up unable to breathe. The 16-year-old high school junior from Bryson City, North Carolina, swept her hands all around the nightstand trying to find her rescue inhaler, but in the pitch-blackness of an unfamiliar motel room her effort proved futile.
As stated earlier, the nine dimensions of flow do not haphazardly or randomly present themselves. In almost all instances, the three antecedents must be in place in order for the process outcomes to follow.
Some days, the universe seems to throw it all at you. Sweltering temperatures with no shade and no heat acclimatization because it’s mid-February? Check. A repetitive, uninspiring urban course through the middle of a concrete jungle? Ditto.
The ability to enter into a flow state of mind will help any runner
overcome the psychological barriers associated with a race. With Running
Flow, pioneering flow researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi gives you
tools and strategies for experiencing the power of flow.
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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 Duranso 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.
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
About the Authors
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a bestselling author, world-renowned
researcher, and one of the fathers of positive psychology. His seminal
work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990), was a
New York Times best seller and introduced the concept of flow to
mainstream audiences. Once the head of the psychology department at the
University of Chicago, Csikszentmihaly founded the Quality of Life
Research Center at Claremont Graduate University. His work has
influenced figures such as Bill Clinton and former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair.
Now a professor at Claremont Graduate University in southern California,
Csikszentmihalyi has written more than 120 journal articles and book
chapters and has authored a dozen books related to positive psychology.
He continues to research flow and motivation as the founder and
codirector of the nonprofit Quality of Life Research Center. He lives in
Philip Latter is the coauthor of Faster Road Racing (Human
Kinetics, 2015) with two-time Olympian Pete Pfitzinger. A former senior
writer for Running Times and current contributor to Runner’s
World and runnersworld.com, Latter has profiled more than a dozen
Olympians and written extensively on training methodology, exercise
science, and sport psychology. He regularly lectures on flow at summer
running camps and has used many of the techniques described in this book
with the high school, college, and post collegiate athletes he coaches.
A runner for almost two decades, Latter earned five all-conference
honors at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and holds
personal bests of 14:47 for 5K, 31:24 for 10K and 1:12:11 for the half
marathon. A former NCAA Division I head cross country coach at Radford
University, Latter coaches runners at Brevard High School in the Blue
Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. He lives just outside of
Brevard with his wife and two daughters.
Christine Weinkauff Duranso is a professor of psychology at both
Woodbury University in Burbank, California, and California State
University at San Bernardino. As a PhD student at Claremont Graduate
University, Weinkauff studied under the mentorship of Mihaly
Csikszentmihalyi and focused her research on the role of flow and
exercise and how they contribute to thriving. Her dissertation
considered how exercise, flow, and nature strengthen resilience and
enhance well-being for college students.
Weinkauff has completed races ranging from 5K to marathon distance and
has ventured into the triathlon world. She enjoys speaking to various
groups about the role of flow and exercise in well-being and how flow
can provide the motivation to persist in new exercise endeavors. A
mother of four, she lives in Claremont, California, with her three
“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
Jonathan Beverly-- Writer and Former Editor in Chief of Running
“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