Running minds

What We Think About When We Run

What are they thinking? Whatever your opinions about running, that is a reasonable question to ask, not just rhetorically but also literally, about the more than fifty thousand people who ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Like most major races these days, the marathon has become a serious spectator sport, with more than two million onlookers crowding the city’s sidewalks, and millions more watching on TV. Yet the essence of the experience remains invisible. Runners may smile or cry or limp or double over or raise their fists like Rocky, but these are crude proxies for what is going on in their minds during those 26.2 miles between the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the finish line, in Central Park. ….[READ]

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