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ALL IN THE MIND

As a famous Mancunian pop star once mused, “Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body?” It’s a good question, although we’re pretty sure Morrissey (for it was he) wasn’t referring to the last six miles of a marathon. You’d have to ask his erstwhile guitar slinger Johnny Marr for an informed answer to that as the six-stringed genius completed the NYC marathon in a respectable 3:54:18. But we digress. The relationship between grey matter and the thing that carries it around has been at the centre of sporting performance since time immemorial. And when it comes to running, even with talent and physical ability, if your mental toughness is lacking then your potential will definitely be limited.

“All runners will have had a day where they felt fast, strong and mentally tough,” says Andy Lane, a professor of sports psychology, “but they will just as likely have had more runs where every step was difficult, they questioned what they were doing, and negative thoughts and feelings accompanied every step.

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