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What do you think about running 5 miles? How about running for 25 miles? Sounds painful right? Well, it can be. We live in a time where people are always looking to avoid pain and discomfort. What happens when pain and discomfort are no longer avoidable.
Of course, I am talking about a collapsed society or a paralyzing emergency. You know these things are coming. While we have not seen a total collapse. We easily watch a few serious natural disasters crush whole communities each year.
What does this all have to do with long distance running? Well, a lot, actually.
If you have ever run 5 miles you know that there is time in that run where things get a little tough. Depending on your fitness level 5 miles might get really rough. However, we are talking about running 10 miles and over.
Believe it or not you can run 10 miles and you will survive it. It will take a strong mind to get over the fact that your feet, knees and hips hurt. It will also take a strong mind to force you not to quit. Every fiber in your body will be telling you to quit. You can over come that and it translates to other tough things in life.
Running is also a great way to create a great base of endurance. There is a reason so many people spend hours running. You will feel great when you complete a good run and you will also be harder winded when you attempt other tasks.
If you get into running you might even consider running races. Now you might really be tired of this article but here me out. Running races adds pressure to your running. Pressure in a crowd and pressure on your performance are two things that are going to be necessary in a survival situation. Better to practice them now when the consequences are minimal.