So you think you can't run long?

So you think you can't run long?

An Open Letter to Every Runner Who Thinks She Can't Run Long Distances
Get real, because it's all relative.

First of all, who defines "long," anyway?

Okay, by all metrics, every runner probably considers a 26.2-mile marathon long. But to a 100K ultrarunner, a "long" marathon might merely be an easy weekend run. By the same measure, a 5K race is incredibly long—and just as impressive an achievement—to a woman who just started running one block at a time in her neighborhood.

Before we dig into all the reasons why you can, indeed, run long distances, we've got to agree once and for all that "long" is all in your mind. It's a figment of your imagination, much like the doughnut mirage you saw during your last set of brutal hill repeats.

In my latest piece for Shape I go into how to really master the mental game and run longer than you ever thought possible. Read on here.

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