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How To Trick Your Brain Into Running Longer

To run farther and faster, you must first train your mind.


Episode Notes

Have you ever thought about running but been too intimidated to start? Or maybe you’ve already got an after-work jogging routine and need tips on how to increase your endurance? On this episode of How To!, we reveal the game-changing, unexpected running tips you didn’t know you needed with the help of Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, and Shannon Palus, a Slate senior editor and marathon runner. Our experts say the key to running well isn’t how fast you go or how many times a week you hit the pavement—instead focus on training your mind to push past your limits. In the process you’ll ease your anxiety and build your confidence.

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Podcast production by Derek John, Rachael Allen, Rosemary Belson and Margaret Kelly.

Further Reading

Working for the Run: How Does an Ultrarunner Do Her Job? by Shannon Palus
Mary Cain’s Chilling Story Highlights Problems That Plague Many Female Runners by Shannon Palus
Why Can’t the NYC Marathon Happen? I Thought We Were Safe Outside! by Shannon Palus
Why Pay to Run a Race at Home? by Shannon Palus


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