This post could just as easily be about living with chronic disease or facing any hardship in your life. Great advice whether helping my run or my day-to-day life.

Poetry In Motion

“The best running advice I ever got was from a five-year-old.” – jmb

Jeff Wise, New York-based science writer and author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger, shares five secrets of toughness he uncovered in his research of endurance athletes. Regardless what you think of ultramarathoners—extreme, crazy, or possibly your next adventure—marathoners should pay close attention, because the strategies are just as relative to running 26.2 miles.

In his article “An Ultramarathoner’s Five Secrets of Toughness” that appeared in Psychology Today in May 2010, Wise tells the story of a 39-year-old podiatrist with a wife and four children who was a casual runner and thought that guys who ran ultramarathons were insane. That was before he became one of them.

Wise researched whether a person can learn to become tough and makes a case that mental toughness is as crucial as physical toughness. The podiatrist-turned-ultramarthoner…

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