Long-distance Running is the ultimate test of endurance. Sheer mental tenacity and physical excellence.
Quite simple, really. As a warrior elite, your stamina is tested by running a non-stop 50 to 100 miles running track in the mountains or in the desert. Essentially mimicking the ultra-extreme combat mission arena.
Sound crazy? You bet. But I have to say.. It’s pretty damn effective. Only a fraction of even the most elite units of soldiers can complete this test of faith without puking at least 25 times in under 24 hours. If you think you’ve got what it takes to become the most elite soldiers, you can test yourself by improving your Long-distance Running performance.
Why is Long-distance Running important for SpecOps Soldiers? Simple. Because Long-distance Running is the best way to push your body to the limit. And if you do this consistently, your physical endurance will grow, your body will adapt to the extreme pressure, and your stamina will grow significantly.. Allowing you to control yourself better in real-world combat mission.
Ready to check out 7 Tips to improve your Long-distance Running? Let’s jump in!
Ever heard of the Ketogenic Diet? You know, the super-athletes and triathlon marathoners diet that use Fat as their body’s source of energy instead of carbohydrates?
There’s a reason why Ketogenic Diet is important for them to achieve physical excellence. Simply put, the correct state of Ketosis can give you extreme focus & cognitive capabilities. It lets you think faster, think calmer, and execute your tasks mercilessly.
I know using Fat as your body’s only source of energy sounds like a bad idea, but if you look around you’ll see that lots of people have even worse ideas. They pump sugar & gel in their body while they’re in the race. It’s instant, fast, and easy.
But you know what? Soon enough, they’ll be puking all over the place. In some extreme cases, a diarrhea every 500 meters. Total frickin disaster. We’ve seen tons of soldier’s bodies crash and burn because of the imbalance in their body.
Ketogenic Diet, if done right, is much more stable and less harmful to your body. And you know what? It gives you just as much, if not more improvement in your physical performance.
Eating clean, whole, grain-free food will nourish every cell in your body before going on the extreme Long-distance Running.
Think about it, have you ever thought the amount of heavy stress, severe dehydration, and extreme nutritional deficiencies your body is going to experience in the Long-distance Running racetrack? I bet you do.
That’s why eating healthy foods will give your body a chance to pack itself with energy and nutrition before you put your body to test. You are what you eat. That’s not just another kool-aid quotes, it’s a biological fact. If you want to perform in extreme sports such as Ultra-running, you’d better take the time to nourish your body with some good nutrition.
If you’ve ever participated in any kind of ultra-running or endurance test, you know that feeling when your mind is just utter chaos screaming “QUIT! QUIT! QUIT!”
That kind of mental jibber-jabber ruins your concentration. Not only will you feel extreme tiredness, but you’re also in danger of slipping and breaking your ankle. Understand that Ultra-running is an extreme branch of sport. It’s got all kinds of crazy risks in them, and to do the extremes, your mind must be in top-notch condition.
Which is why we highly recommend you practice Meditation. Why? Because meditation helps you quiet your mind during the run. A Zen Master will be able to shut their monkey mind and focus on the race ahead. Master your mind, and your body will follow with ease.
Running injuries are the worst thing that could happen to you, especially if you’re in service. That’s why the most important running habit to cultivate is to run the right way.
If you have a running style that uses your heel as a “cushion”, stop it IMMEDIATELY. It’s the number 1 reason why people complain about running injuries all the time. The heel is not designed to absorb heavy impact from your body weight. The toes, on the other hand, is extremely effective in making you more nimble and pain-free.
Run on your toes, and you’ll guaranteed to achieve much better results in speed, endurance, and long-term sustainability of your feet. Don’t buy into all the crap that sport marketing shoes tell you about how great their shoes is for “cushioning”. There is no such thing, and you’d be much better off trusting your toes as your running foundation.
Above is an image of a veteran soldier training on a treadmill to correct his body posture. See how his spine is up and his chest is open? That’s the perfect body posture you wanna have when you run. Doing so will expand your lung space, thus increasing the amount of air circulation in your body.
Training indoor on a treadmill first is a great idea because you need someone else to give their take on your body posture. Sometimes our bad running posture becomes a habit and we have difficulty adopting the correct body posture. Having a trainer is beneficial in this part, as he’s able to correct us when we’re reverting back to our old bad posture.
Bring your shoulders back, raise your chest up, and crank your neck to look straight ahead. Run this way, always. You’ll be guaranteed to achieve better results!
Diaphragmatic breathing keeps your body calm and composed.
Do you know the worst thing that can happen to Ultra-distance runners? Panting in the first 1-2 miles. And the most common cause of panting is chest breathing. You know, the one where you move your whole chest area just to breathe? That’s it.
That’s why if you’re someone who usually breath through your chest, it’s important to switch to belly breathing. It’s much more efficient, and it results in better airflow efficiency, especially when you’re in a Long-distance Running track.
When it comes to endurance training, consistency is key. More so in the case of Long-distance running. Trust me when I say, you won’t get to 50 miles on your first try. Don’t beat up yourself, it’s only natural.
The important thing is to keep on your training regiment, create a clear roadmap for you to achieve your goals, and execute on those goals.
Incremental improvements for every single day. That’s your goal!