Short-term marathon memory

Short-term marathon memory

A new study Memory of pain induced by physical exercise sheds some light on the reason runners keep signing up to marathons even after a bad race.

Trzemyslaw Babel interviewed 62 marathon runners in Poland on their perceived pain level immediately after completing a race. He then split the participants into two groups, asking 32 participants the exact same question three months later, and the other 30 participants the same question six months later.

Babel’s findings show, similar to childbirth, the more time that has passed following a marathon, the less pain runners remember feeling.

“The major finding of this study is that pain induced by running a marathon is not remembered accurately,” says Babel.

He describes the memory process as, “harbingers of a happy event” as positive memories and emotions eclipse bad memories or painful experiences during the race.

His research also shows that three months after their marathon, runners reported the race was 10 per cent less painful than originally reported and  20 per cent less painful six months after the race.

Anyone interested in signing up for Dublin again ?