28 Jul '17, 3pm

If you run long, your body becomes more efficient at processing carbs and fats.

If you run long, your body becomes more efficient at processing carbs and fats.

Muscular strength and endurance: Not only the legs but the heart itself will be stressed and strengthened by running long. Muscle mitochondria: These are the energy-producing part of the cell. Long runs stimulate the production of more mitochondria per muscle cell as well as make them more efficient at creating energy. Myoglobin–the iron and oxygen-binding protein in muscle–is also increased. Vascularization: Running long requires lots of blood be delivered to the working muscles. In addition to the stimulation of new veins and vasculature, existing ones are also strengthened and extended. This indirectly improves the delivery of oxygen to the muscles. Better metabolism: The body will both increase its ability to effectively and efficiently use carbs as well as learn to better oxidize fats. Mental toughness: Running longer than you have before helps create the confidence t...

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