Some guys like blondes, some like brunettes…. We all have our personal predilections and often for no other reason than “we like it”. I’m not here to judge you or your kink. And whether you’re into being shackled and spanked by a midget in a schoolgirl uniform or running marathons, if you’re ok then I’m ok.
Shackles and schoolgirl uniforms I might understand, but midgets and marathons, not so much. Let’s leave the midget for another time and address the marathon and long slow running in general.
Long slow running is not my thing first and foremost because it is LONG. I like my workouts short. Less than a half an hour for sure, ten to fifteen minutes is ideal.
Just thinking about running for an hour gives me shin splints. Here are few more reasons why I don’t believe long slow running is good for fat loss…
- Long slow running does not burn many calories after the run is over. Calories are expended during the run, but afterward the metabolism will not be stoked the way it will be after a session of short duration high intensity exercise.
- Long slow running is not functional. Not since the utilization of the homing pigeon, has there been any practical reason to run long distances. Sprint as fast as you can to get away from a mugger? Sure. Race in front of a speeding car to save a child playing in the street? Absolutely. Deliver a message to the ruling emperor in the territory 20 miles away? Not so much.
- Long slow running is the ideal Petri dish for overuse injuries. Lower back, hips, knees, ankles, shins, and even neck can all be affected by the repetitive impact involved in the long slow run. Find me a runner who is injury free and I’ll bet he either has pristine technique combined with the use of excellent work/rest recovery cycles or he is a freak of nature.
Again, if long slow running is your “thing” then have at it. Just don’t mistake it for the ideal way to accelerate fat loss or prepare for functional activity. Now about that midget. . .
P.S. – Let me know what you think about long runs in the comments below. Do you like to run? Has it worked for you when it comes to losing fat? Or would you rather do some high intensity circuit training to torch the fat?