Long Distance Running: Is It for You?
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:
Walk for 7 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Do this 3 days in the week
Walk for 6 minutes, then jog for 2 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 3 days in the week.
Walk for 4 minutes, then jog for 4 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Do this 4 days in the week
Walk for 3 minutes, then jog for 5 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Do this 4 days in the week
Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 8 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 4 days in the week
Walk for 2 minutes, then jog for 9 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 4 days in the week
Walk for 1 minute, then jog for 11 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this 4 days in the week
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!
Websites Dedicated to Long Distance Running - and Long Distance Runners!
- Distance Running Tips...online guide to help you achieve peak running fitness
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The Worlds online Running Information source
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 AllPosters.com. 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.
Running Brave is the story of Billy Mill's life with the focus being on his athetic achievements. I challenge any runner to watch it and not get goose bumps watching the Olympic race.
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.
End of Info on Long Distance Running
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