How To Train For Long Distance Running
Training for a long distance run is impressive and requires hard work. The mental components of long distance running involve dedication, stamina and, most of all, effort. Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds, grow confidence, or simply train for something bigger (a marathon!) long distance running can be done by just about anyone willing to put in the time.
To train for a long distance run you’ll need:
- Running shoes
- Cotton shirt
- Running Shorts
- Anti-Chaffing stick (Vaseline)
- Set a schedule. Any type of training requires you to set aside some time. Long distance running is no exception. Create a schedule for yourself; Ideally, you should be running three times a week, alternating between long distances and shorter distances for each run.
- Eat something. A bowl of oatmeal and maybe a sports drink full of electrolytes though water will do just fine. Experiment with the meal.
- Stretch. Stretching before and after each run is essential because of the physical exercise you’ll be doing. Stretching will not only make the run comfortable, but can also prevent a lot of unnecessary soreness and injuries that will interrupt your running.
- Build running endurance. Stick to your schedule to build up your running endurance. This is easier said than done. The monotony of long distance running can be a mental challenge so change it up; try running at different times in different locations (e.g. the beach, Sunday afternoon through downtown, etc).
- Accessorize. You are a runner now; you belong to a special group of people, a fellowship. Your long distance training entitles you to arm bands for your mp3 player, running belts for your ID and water bottle, as well as seam-free cushioned running socks!
Training for long distance runs has more benefits that just staying in shape. Hopefully you’ll appreciate your community, your body and your fellow runners.