How To Trick Your Brain Into Running Longer

06.29.2021 - By How To!

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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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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
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Why Pay to Run a Race at Home? by Shannon Palus
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