Hitting the Wall and Pushing through it
Marathon runners dread “the wall”, a point when glycogen stores are nearly drained and runners are overwhelmed by fatigue and the desire to slow down, walk, or quit. A new paper by the University of Florida has catalogued coping mechanisms, which could be used in any endurance event when your will is breaking, says study author Dr Matthew Buman. If you’re thinking: “I’m out of gas and have to stop…”
... try dissociative thinking: distract yourself from the task at hand. Count backwards from 100, sing a song, pray, or focus on the spectators. “But distraction can fail because it is a lot of mental work to block the pain,”...
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