• Zachery Bernabe

Long-Distance Running: The Basics

Are you an athlete looking for a new challenge or a way to stay ultra-fit? Well then distance running might be the thing for you. Distance running is one of the largest sports in the world, starting back in the accent times when people had to run down their food, to new days where people are running for fun or to prove their mental and physical strengths.

Types of Long-Distance Runs

First of all, lets talk about street running, where the distance gets longer and the courses get harder.

In street running, the basics are the 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, and ultra marathon.


The 5k is a 3.12 mile run. It's known to runners as the "perfect run" because its a short distance that can help while runners are in an off season or training season. The 5k is also a great run for new runners just starting or for younger runners. A runner also doesn't have to have much training to run the 5k.


The 10k is a 6.2 mile run that is one of the most common races. The 10K distance is long enough to be a challenge but short enough to remain easy for any untrained runner. The 10k race is perfect for new runners looking for a fast and easy challenge.

Half marathon

The half marathon is a 13.1 mile run. It is extremely long but fun. This race does take some training to do. One of the most famous half marathons is the Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas half marathon.The half marathon is a race for the more experienced runner who can run 13 miles.

Once you've mastered or become comfortable with the half marathon, which is quite a challenge in itself, there are even longer races that you can try.


The marathon is a crazy 26.2 miles. The marathon is one of the most "prestigious" races in the world. If you're looking for a challenge, then run a marathon. The marathon is for experienced runners with lots of training. The world's most famous marathon is the Boston marathon. It required "qualification" to run it, which means that you have to be able to run it in a certain time. In case you're curious, according to the Boston Athletic Association's website, qualifying times are just a little over three to three and a half hours for men and three and a half to four hours for women.

Ultra Marathon

Now if you're looking for a beast of a run, the ultra marathon is for you! With over 50 miles of just running, this type of race takes years of training and is only for the most experienced runner. The most famous ultra marathon is the Badwater Ultra marathon.