People who run long distances, why? (Read 176 times)


    I try to run 25 to 30 miles per week myself, and I'm happy to take whatever you consider a long run, as a long run.

    If you're not training for anything specific, why do you run long distances?


    Personally, I think better and work out problems better when I'm moving, and I enjoy the feeling 7 miles into a 10 miles run when it feels like you're just a machine built for jumping from one foot to the other and swinging your arms.

      In my log I consider a run of 12 miles or more as a "long" run. It's been about a year since I've run that far, but I'm working back to it doing a nearly 9 miler last week! At my age I try to progress the length of my runs very gradually. I enjoy the peace and quiet of long slow runs out on the roads. I also find myself getting into a zone where running seems easier, usually around the 6 to 8 mile mark. Interesting that other runners hate doing distance and prefer shorter, faster runs.

      Long distance runner, what you standin' there for?
      Get up, get out, get out of the door!

      Running Problem

      Problem Child

        I enjoy it, and I've found keeping a 90 minute long run, or longer, makes getting back into a race training cycle easier than going from 25 mile weeks to 50 or 60 mile weeks.


        If you feel better 7 miles into a 10 miler why wouldn't you do multiple 10 milers?

        Many of us aren't sure what the hell point you are trying to make and no matter how we guess, it always seems to be something else. Which usually means a person is doing it on purpose.

        VDOT 55.2

        5k18:xx | Marathon 2:55:22

        Pain is my friend

          I love long runs. I like short ones like 10-12.  But really love 20-25 miles that takes 4-5 hours on trail. I take tons of food with me. On some mountain long runs I bring a water filter. Then I don't have to carry tons of water. I some time plan my long runs to conect different canyons or peaks together. I love that I can see in one run more than most people will hiking all day. Most my long runs I don't run alone. I am a 50-70 mles a week guy training for 100 milers or more.

          ATY 24   141.445 2019 1st

          Bear 100 22:08 2021 

          Jackpot 100 Feb 14:59 - 5th

          St George marathon Oct 2:58

          ATY 24 130.969 2022 2nd


          Pulse endurance 12 hour 76.22 1ST CR

          July Backyard ultra 22 yards Win

          Sept Bear 100




              Hi , I would also like to contribute to the discussion.

              People run long distances for a multitude of reasons. Firstly, the physical benefits are numerous: improved cardiovascular health, enhanced stamina, and calorie burning, to name a few. Running also releases endorphins, which can reduce stress and elevate mood. On a deeper level, long-distance running can be a meditative experience, allowing individuals to connect with themselves, process thoughts, and find clarity. The challenge of pushing one's limits and achieving personal milestones provides a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-esteem. Additionally, many are drawn to the sense of community and camaraderie in running groups and events. Ultimately, whether for physical, mental, or social reasons, long-distance running offers a unique blend of challenges and rewards.