Running a marathon is not an easy task. Whether you can complete a 26.2 miles quickly around 2 hours or take 5 or 6 hours, it typically involves overcoming sensations of fatigue, thoughts that question why you are running, and messages telling you to stop.
You know you don't want to stop. You remember hearing yourself tell someone "I am doing a marathon" and then image yourself telling them you did not finish. This thought is accompanied by unpleasant feelings.
We have done a great deal of work helping marathon runners learn to overcome these inner challenges. We have published a number of articles, given talks at conferences, on the radio, and on websites.
Academic articles Lahart, I., Lane, A.M., Hulton, A., Williams, K., Charlesworth, S., Godfrey, R., Pedlar, C., George, K., Wilson, M., & Whyte, G., (2013). Challenges in maintaining emotion regulation in a sleep and energy deprived state induced by the 4800km ultra-endurance bicycle race; the Race Across America (RAAM). Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2013) 12,
Lane, A. M., & Wilson. (2011). Emotions and emotional intelligence among ultra-endurance runners. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 14, 358-362.
Lane, A. M., Beedie, C. J., Devonport, T. J., & Stanley, D. M. (2011). Validity of the emotion regulation of self scale among in runners. Psychology, 2 (6), 633-637.
Stanley, D. M, Lane, A. M., Beedie, C. J., Devonport, T. J. (2012). “I run to feel better; so why I am thinking so negatively”. International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 2, 6, 28-213.