Marathon runners will do anything to qualify for Boston marathon. I just read the story of Joseph Huber at NYT who consulted a hypnotist.
In one marathon Huber really was in such a state. He was so intent on qualifying for the Boston Marathon that he went to a hypnotist so he could run faster. In the Bay State Marathon of 1995, he said he shot out from the start “like a gazelle.” He forgot the primary rule of marathon running: don’t go out too fast.
“After 15 miles of running like a crazy man, I said to myself, Joe, you’re not 25, you’re 45,” he recalled. “I started to slow down.”