Thinking of Becoming a Long Distance Runner?

The Pros & Cons of Going the Distance!

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Pros

Confidence: It’s one thing to do a couple of laps around the block. It’s another putting in those miles and going the distance frequently. You begin to develop loads of confidence; not just as a runner, but as a person in general. You become comfortable with pushing yourself to your limits and facing new challenges. This will allow you to build a head-on approach to things in life. Best of all, you’ll begin to see the inner strength and fortitude that you most likely never knew you had!

Cons

Black Toes & Calluses: Ewwl…black toes? Calluses? Yes. If you run long enough, you’ll come to experience one of these or if you’re really committed like I was, both. And a lot of them.

  1. Incorporate at least 1–2 strength training workouts to your routine (or cross-train by cycling, swimming, or walking).
  2. Warm-up with dynamic movements and cool-down with a light jog and static stretches.
  3. Do some mobility work as often as possible.
  4. Wear shoes that are comfortable and that aren’t too tight. Try to use shoes that have a flat sole. Avoid shoes with a foamed heel.
  5. Practice in softer terrains like trial or sand as often as possible.
  6. Mix-up your running routine. Incorporate hill work, fartlek runs, sprints, but also easy runs.
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