With so much passion for running long, alone or not, I’d like to take you to a journey of a lot of readings about Long Distance Running and Ultra Marathons. Please see the links below. Just click and start the feast.
I have done 102 kms, 65 kms turned 70, 50 kms and a whole lot of 42.195s. Believe me, I’d like to do more. Reading through all the links provided here, I have quoted the interesting highlights and information.
Mind you, compared to a lot of people I know, I’m just a newbie.
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Long distance running brings in boredom. To relieve yourself from the monotony, change the pace of running from day to another and also in between a day’s run.
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…there are now several research studies that are confirming the training on low glycogen stores can be very beneficial to runners. These studies have been reported in several running magazines including Running Times.
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Long distance aerobic running gives the strength and ground work on which much will be built. Lactate threshold training, speed work, and stamina will all come later, but the ability to run long has many benefits.
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The long run also provides an excellent opportunity to experiment with a variety of issues and concerns (e.g., shoes, nutrition, pacing, etc.).
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Greg McMillan, a well known exercise scientist and running coach, suggests doing some long runs that are 2 hours and preferably 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours without consuming any carbs immediately before or during the run.
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How far is long enough?
There is no scientific evidence here. A clear tradeoff exists, however, between running far enough to stimulate physiological adaptations and remaining uninjured.
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You don’t hurt twice as much. In fact, ultras are easier than marathons. Marathons are much more intense and most people run the entire distance. In ultras, only the very elite are able to run 50 miles non-stop.
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This runner bestows a religious significance upon the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.
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A small number of people manage to complete all four in one calendar year.
With all these time-consuming-but-worth-it-reading, I believe that whatever Long Distance Running is, it will stay to be a passion and true love of many.