31 Dec '15, 4am

4 ways to make your long run comfortable—enjoyable, even. https://t.co/1frCP7HfUr

Indeed, extending the distance you normally cover triggers several lasting changes in your body, says 2:24 marathoner and running coach Kevin Beck. Capillaries in your muscle fibers increase in number, which enables more energizing oxygen to reach your muscles. Your mitochondria, the aerobic powerhouses of your cells, also grow in number and size, which helps you sustain energy. Your muscles also learn to store more glycogen (carbs), which wards off fatigue over long distances. There are psychological benefits, too: Long runs build mental toughness to help you manage discomfort. They also serve as a dress rehearsal, giving you an opportunity to test gear and fueling options so when race day comes, you know what works best. Long runs aren't easy, but they don't have to be death marches, either. There are a number of ways to make going the distance comfortable—enjoyable, eve...

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