Psychological skills training can significantly reduce stress and negative thoughts before and during a marathon — that’s important for your time, and for having a good time.
Why do we choke? Why doesn’t positive self-talk always work? Why does swearing help us deal with pain?
We can do a better job of recognizing that injuries are rooted in physical issues, but often come with huge mental consequences.
All runners—even elites—have mental freakouts during a hard run or race.