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Long Distance Running: Is It for You?

Updated on October 23, 2014

Running is fun! Long Distance Running Makes You Feel Good

Dean: I have been doing long distance running for the last 3 years and I must admit I love it. It's a sport that allows you to be competitive with yourself as well as others. You get to see amazing sights and you get to have time to think about your life.

Nearly every country on this earth holds races every weekend ranging from 5kms to 160kms. And there are many running clubs that you can join.

I know from experience that it is hard to find good resources to help you reach your running goal, so I created this lens where I will provide you with some of the best resources for learning to run and I will give you a good run/walk program to ease you into it.

Anne: I first was a distance runner in 9th grade, quite a long time ago. I've had periods of time in my adult life where I didn't run at all and I've always missed it. It helps keep my weight under control and frankly, it really helps my mood (a lot). My favorite statement about how running makes me feel came from a friend who said, "After I run, I still have all the same problems, but how I feel about them has changed. My problems feel almost as though they were someone else's problems." To me that best explains why I like to run.

A Run/Walk Program to help you get started into Running

If you haven't run or jogged much before, here's a good way to start

Follow the following program to get yourself fit to start doing some long distance running:

Week one:

Walk for 7 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Do this 3 days in the week

Week two:

Walk for 6 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 3 days in the week.

Week three:

Walk for 4 minutes, then jog for 4 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Do this 4 days in the week

Week four:

Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Do this 4 days in the week

Week five:

Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 8 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 4 days in the week

Week six:

Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 9 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 4 days in the week

Week seven:

Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 4 days in the week

Week eight:

Walk for 5 mins, then run for 20 mins and then walk for 5 more mins. Do it 4 days but on the last day, try run for 30 mins straight

Check out these pictures of people running and videos that could help you learn to run effectively

Beautiful Running Photos

Photos Available as Posters, Click on Image for Details

I like images of strong runners in beautiful settings to inspire and motivate me. Getting the shoes on and out the door is the hardest part of the run.

Some articles and websites on running for you to check out!

Buy yourself some products to help you run

Distance Running Watches

These watches can help you measure your distance ran and heart beat

Books on Long Distance Running

More Long Distance Running Pictures

Distance Running Images

Here are some great pictures of runners -- some famous, most not. Enjoy these distance running images here, or click on a link to get your copy (the prices are good) from I have a running image by my computer in my office to remind myself to get out the door!

Inspired by Long Distance Runners

I look to the following runners for inspiration, Steve Prefontaine and Billy Mills.

Billy Mills is still the only American man to have won the 10,000 meters (10K) Olympic gold medal. His victory remains one of the greatest upsets in track and field history at a distance where upsets are fairly rare. Steve Prefontaine predicted gold for himself in the 5K in Munich. While he did not achieve that goal, his passion, determination, and running talent remain legendary and an inspiration today. If you don't know the story of either of these, you MUST, not should, but MUST watch the two movies of them

Learn About Long Distance Running from the Greatest Runners - Be Inspired to Greatness Yourself

Whether you ever stand on a champion's podium or receive a medal for your running, you can still learn about being great, achieving more than you ever thought you could by studying great long distance runners of the past. One of these is Billy Mills, whose 10,000 meter victory at the Tokyo Olympics was both one of the most amazing upsets and also THE most amazing Olympic 10K finish that I've ever seen.

Story Behind the Photo of Steve Prefontaine - As mentioned in section with pictures just above

You simply must know the story of Steve Prefontaine if you are to call yourself a runner. I've watched this video twice while jogging on my treadmill. I'm sure eventually I'll watch it a third time.


There were actually two videos made about the great runner Steve Prefontaine. This one is my favorite.

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End of Info on Long Distance Running

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I admire all long distance runners. My nick is MarathonRunning because I believe that runners on long distances really have lot of determination and will to face themselves and the world around them. I`m not a runner but I enjoy long walks in nature.

      Nice article, congrats!

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @tonyleather: Walking is good too! Stay in motion as much as you are able. You'll be glad in the long run (no pun intended).

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Have to admit I was never much on running, and since becoming afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis five years ago, I find walking by itself hard work!

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @B-heem: That's great, B-heem. I hope you are proud of yourself as you should be!

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      B-heem 4 years ago

      I love running and I am on my schools cross country team.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Good info here. I prefer treadmill workouts, aqua jogging, and spin classes.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      Great information, and videos! Although I don't think I'd ever make a long-distance runner, I do walk and hike long distances!

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      mjohansson 5 years ago

      Great lens! Running is the best sport of all, especially if you don't have too much time over for exercise. Just a change of clothes, out the door and you are ready to go! Would also like to recommend another web page with great info on running: which lists all runners events all over Europe.

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      stillrunnin88 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have been running off and on for about 10 years.

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      JillHarcourt 5 years ago

      Great article!

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      DanMoriarity LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I've been a distance runner for 33 years and counting. The hour or so that I spend running is my favourite hour of the day!

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      falling lakes 6 years ago

      I just started a month ago. Great Lens!

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      sguerrero2006 6 years ago

      I want to try these ideas.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      I am doing the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge in January during the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. I agree with your lens. Distance running is great. I did a lens on the Goofy Challenge for anyone would like learn more or join in the fun. Great lens. I love reading running lenses.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Great help to get me started!

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      tiff0315 7 years ago

      Great lens! Running is a great sport!