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How To!

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What if Dear Abby was an investigative reporter? Each week on How To!, Amanda Ripley (bestselling author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, The Unthinkable, and The Smartest Kids in the World) takes on listeners’ toughest problems and, with the help of experts, finds the answer… read more


How To Trick Your Brain Into Running Longer

Have you ever thought about running but been too intimidated to start? Or maybe you’ve already got an after-work jogging routine and need tips on how to increase your endurance? On this episode of How To!, we reveal the game-changing, unexpected running tips you didn’t know you needed with the help of Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, and Shannon Palus, a Slate senior editor and marathon runner. Our experts say the key to running well isn’t how fast you go or how many times a week you hit the pavement—instead focus on training your mind to push past your limits. In the process you’ll ease your anxiety and build your confidence. 

If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Lose 155 Pounds Happily” and “How To Withstand Pain

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Further Reading

Working for the Run: How Does an Ultrarunner Do Her Job? by Shannon Palus

Mary Cain’s Chilling Story Highlights Problems That Plague Many Female Runners by Shannon Palus

Why Can’t the NYC Marathon Happen? I Thought We Were Safe Outside! by Shannon Palus

Why Pay to Run a Race at Home? by Shannon Palus

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