The Perfect Run

The Perfect Run : A Guide to Cultivating a Near-Effortless Running State

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The 'perfect' run, when you are in a full flow and feeling totally unstoppable, can be elusive, but this practical expert guide, written by a celebrated Runner's World writer Mackenzie Havey, will ensure you find it time and time again and in the process transform your running performances.

At some point in every runners' career they experience the "perfect" run. If you're one of the lucky few, it happens on a regular basis. Everything seems to just click. Your worries about the day and physical aches and pains melt away. Your body and mind are in complete sync and the run feels effortless. It is this elusive experience that motivates us to continue running as we chase that feeling again and again. Research shows that not only do runners enjoy running more when they enter that higher-level state known as "flow," they also perform better.

Even still, the path to achieving the perfect run remains mysterious. It often materializes in the unlikeliest of circumstances-in adverse weather or on a day when everything else seems to be going wrong. Conversely, when we try hard to create the right conditions for that perfect run, it oftentimes doesn't come about.

So how might you experience more perfection in your running routine? It turns out, you don't need to submit to luck of the draw. Indeed, an intentional approach to your running practice can help lay the groundwork to getting into that "perfect run" headspace run after run.

This book will provide a guide on how to cultivate the "perfect run." It will chronicle what the latest research on optimal experiences shows and will offer stories from various notable professional and elite runners throughout, along with go-to exercises in each chapter.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Sport
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472968654
  • 9781472968654

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Mackenzie does a beautiful job of diving deep into what makes the perfect run and how we can experience it on a more frequent basis. If you are looking for consistency in your running, I strongly recommend The Perfect Run. * Bestselling author and US Olympian Ryan Hall * Go ahead and chase perfection in your running, but understand that perfect is an experience, not an outcome. This is the message I took away from The Perfect Run, and I hope I never forget it. * Matt Fitzgerald, author of Life Is a Marathon * Reading The Perfect Run is sure to increase your appreciation and enjoyment on the run, and that's a big payback. * Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Magazine *
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About Mackenzie L. Havey

Mackenzie Lobby Havey is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and editor contributing to a wide variety of endurance and outdoor sports and fitness publications. She mainly covers running-related topics, with a special focus on translating the latest exercise psychology and physiology research to offer easy-to-understand mental and physical training advice. Her work has appeared in Runner's World, Running Times,, Women's Running,, Trail Runner, SELF, Triathlete, Triathlete Europe, OutsideOnline, and among others. She is the author of Mindful Running.
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