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Training for a Long Run: What You Need to Know

By Genevieve Cunningham

Running is an exercise habit that is really good to keep. Though it can be hard on the joints over a long period of time, with the right approach, it's a great way to stay in shape. And for a lot of people, running becomes something they really love. Something they actually look forward to doing. Of course, the sentiment often changes when you tackle the challenge of a long run. Long runs are tough, but the feeling of finishing that half marathon (or even a full!) can be so rewarding. Before you begin this challenge, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you have your sights set on a long run in the near future, take a look at these things you really need to remember. 

You Need to Go Slowly

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to running is going too fast too quickly. You shouldn't start out by running six miles in one day. You shouldn't try to run a 6-minute mile if you've previously been running a mile in 12 minutes. Be practical -- and go slowly! The slower your approach, the longer your body has to adjust and keep up with the new demands. 

Listen to Your Body

Your body will absolutely tell you if you're pushing it too far. Your job is to listen. It may tell you through extreme exhaustion, pain in various places, or general unease. If you listen, you can take breaks when needed and save your body from being overworked or injured. 

Don't Get Discouraged

Long runs are hard. They challenge both the body and mind. One of the best things that you can do is keep a good attitude. If you get hurt or need more rest than usual, that's OK. If it's taking you longer than you had hoped, that's OK too. Be patient and don't get discouraged. Stick with your plan and you'll be finishing your race -- whether it's a true race or just personal -- in no time at all.

If you're a runner looking to complete a long run, you may feel a little bit intimidated. Long runs are challenging, and training for one takes a lot of patience. Use these tips to help you get started on your training, and to see it through to the very end for some ultimate running success. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Smyrna, Ga.

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