Triumph of The Mind: Marathoners Forget Pain to Race

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    Jun 04, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    NYT: Some marathon runners forget over time just how much they hurt, depending on how much they enjoyed the race.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/forgetting-the-pain-of-exercise/?ref=health
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    Jun 04, 2015 3:52 AM GMT
    This is so true. "...Finishing [a marathon] is unquestionably strenuous but also can be elating; the experience combines objective pain and subjective emotions."
    A well run race hurts less than the catastrophic ones; i.e. the subjective feelings of success overwhelm the objective pain.
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    Jun 19, 2015 3:46 PM GMT
    A huge part of training is psychological. As Paavo Nurmi said: "Mind is everything; muscles, pieces of rubber."
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    Jun 20, 2015 6:17 AM GMT
    I'm not going to destroy the pure joy of running by getting obsessed over how many seconds faster I can go in a race than the last time. It's so chill and it's my personal time to be alone in thought. To me it defeats the purpose of a prime way to mellow out if you get caught up in trying to prove something when nobody gives a rat's ass. I get enough of that shit at work and in school every day. Running frees me of that.

    Aches and pains happen for a reason. Spare me the happy heroic shit about "triumphing." Those aches and pains are telling you something.