Marathon Runners Forget How Awful Marathons Are — Science of Us

The memory of the pain fades by the six-month mark.

Women who have done both say that running a marathon is kind of like giving birth, in that the memory of the pain fades astonishingly quickly — or else you’d never, ever do the thing again. It’s not a perfect analogy, obviously: One event leaves you with an adorable, tiny human of your very own, whereas the other is significantly more likely to leave you with fewer toenails than you had when you started. Regardless, there’s some new evidence that marathoners, like new mothers, quickly forget the pain of the ordeal, according to a new study published recently in the journal Memory.

Psychologist and Science of Us contributor Christian Jarrett reported on the research at the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, writing:

Source: Marathon Runners Forget How Awful Marathons Are — Science of Us

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