Firstly each and every one of you is an experienced practitioner of working on distance.

None of you started with the skill of being able to run 5km, 10km, Half or a Full Marathon, you had to work up to it.

Remember how just 500m or 1km was so difficult at first?

And then week by week you increased and before you knew it you’d done a 5km, then a 10km and set your sights on something even further?

In my years of training people to go from couch to 5k (and then later from 5-10 and beyond) I watched people freak out about running a 5km, and then just a few short weeks later I was increasing their distance once again and they rose to the challenge.



Think about the most recent distance you covered – how far was it?

Did you feel intimidated by the whole distance as a unit at first? Or was it a training run?

Then think about the first quarter of it – was that intimidating?

Or put another way – if I asked you to join me on a 10km run on Sunday – how would you feel? Terrified? Excited? Maybe disappointed? 😊

Then think back to a year ago and imagine telling your past self about all the runs you’ve done and how you feel about them, how would your past self react?

I know my past self would be agog at hearing the details of running(ish) 19 miles over the Ochils! She wouldn’t believe me and would probably suspect I am an evil version of myself hell bent on world domination (I do know myself quite well! Ha ha)


Why am I talking about this?

I am trying to highlight that distance running is essentially a perception issue – and to increase the distance the first step is mental – you need to reframe the distance.

In endurance training we learned how to overload our muscles and aerobic system to train our bodies to go for longer, further or harder. In this series we’ll just be focusing on going further (naturally this will touch on going for longer too) but the approach is slightly different.

In the next few articles I’ll be focusing on:

  • How to (safely) up your distance
  • Fuelling up for distance runs
  • Cross-training for distance runs