The endurance runner mindset

Chris James Smith
4 min readApr 12, 2021
Author photo, Brighton Marathon

Scaling from 5k to my first marathon a few years back was an incredible journey. It involved beating injuries, developing a new daily routine, managing pain and completely changing my mindset. Because it was quite possibly the most mentally and physically demanding thing I’d ever done at the time. But also the most rewarding.

The physical side of running long distances is obviously a critical part of the process…