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Long(er) Runs

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  September 11, 2013 07:29 AM

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I've written before about how I think running and writing are similar, and on my long run this weekend I kept thinking about another way in which they are alike: In both running and writing the context is important.

In the case of my weekend run, I'm talking about the context of a long run.

What the heck is a long run, exactly?

Since I'm training for my upcoming marathon (Oct. 6 if you're keeping track), a long run can mean anywhere from 10-20 miles in one session.

A few short months ago, when I decided to train for 26.2 miles, long meant a 10K or maybe 10 miles if I was really pushing it.

Before that? Long meant 3 miles.

For some people, long can mean even just one mile. For others it can mean 50+.

When I started this blog, I just wanted to be able to run a 5K. I swore I would never run a marathon. And now, here I am, just weeks away from my first.

Context is allowed to shift, too, you know.

It is all about the context.

Is the run helping you achieve some goal? (One friend, for example is running long all the way to Paris to raise money for charity). Is it just for fun? (My girl Dani is throwing a virtual road race on her birthday because, well, it's her birthday!). Is the run doing what you want it to do? (Hi, remember me, the gal who likes to meet new people because of running?).

The minute running stops doing what I want it to do for me (want, not need -- context is important) is the minute I will stop.

I hope it isn't anytime soon, though. As I have many more miles to go.

Sidenote: I also run things that aren't really for training. Like this! Join me, won't you?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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