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WholeRunner: Flow Is the Runner’s High

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino Fill in the blank: _______ is a state of performance where a person becomes totally absorbed in and engaged by an activity. If you happen to be Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, renowned psychologist and author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, you no doubt used the title of your book to fill in the blank. If you are a WholeRunner, you may have a different answer: the Runners’ High. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow...

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WholeRunner: Don’t Run. Play.

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino Every once in a while, I am called in for a critical and rewarding assignment: babysitting my granddaughter. We snack, bounce balls, handle toys, read books, climb steps, and jump on the couch or trampoline. But much of our time is spent doing one thing we are all familiar with, but which adults refer to by another name. You and I call it running—she calls it playing. Which begs the question, when did we start to think of...

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WholeRunner: Why We Run

Posted on May 8, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino The ways in which we decide to use our time and energy represent the most significant choices we make in our lives. No one can see our intentions—they only see what we do. In fact, we see ourselves the same way. As we observe what we are actually doing, our view of ourselves changes. Intention may lead to action, but sometimes intentions are just ideas that don’t go anywhere. I may hold the intention to skydive someday,...

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WholeRunner: Run Into Your VIA Character Strengths

Posted on Mar 27, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino The WholeRunner approach isn’t sports psychology. That field is primarily focused on competition: how the mind can make you a better athlete, a faster runner. This is not our primary goal. WholeRunner flips the script. We spend our time on exploring and explaining how your running can give you an even bigger prize than a faster half marathon time: to make your life happier and more positive. And if your half marathon time...

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WholeRunner: Reinvent Your Running Log with SPIRE

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in blog, Emotional, Inspiring Change, Physical, Relational, Spiritual

by Louis Cinquino In most of my solo running, I like to mix things up. I rarely know exactly where I’m going to run when I head out the door. I have a time or general location in mind and just go where my interest seems to take me. It shocks many of my running friends (and ALL of my fellow running coaches), but I don’t even like to run with a watch. Yet when I have some specific goal in mind, everything changes. Then it becomes critical...

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