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Long-Distance Running for Sport and Public Health: Advances in Methods, Technologies, and Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 71

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Long-distance running is not just about sport performance; it is also about maintaining one’s overall health throughout the rigorous training and throughout the race itself. Here is how focusing on health intertwines with the aforementioned points:

  1. Injury Prevention: Ensuring the body is adequately prepared for the marathon is not just about finishing the race; it is about safeguarding against injuries that could have long-term consequences on one's health. By tailoring training to individual needs and considering factors like medical history and biomechanics, runners can minimize the risk of injury that might impede not just their running, but their daily activities and overall quality of life.
  2. Optimal Performance: A healthy body is primed for peak performance. By gradually improving endurance, strength, and overall fitness through a well-structured training program, runners not only enhance their marathon performance, but also support their long-term health and well-being. Sustainable pacing strategies further contribute to this, as they prevent excessive strain on the body and reduce the risk of post-race fatigue or injury.
  3. Physiological Adaptations: The body's ability to adapt to the demands of long-distance running is a testament to its resilience and capacity for growth. By following scientifically recommended training regimens, runners not only prepare themselves for the race, but also stimulate physiological adaptations that benefit their overall health. These adaptations, such as improved aerobic capacity and muscular endurance, can translate to better cardiovascular health and enhanced metabolic function.
  4. Nutritional and Hydration Strategies: Proper nutrition and hydration are not just performance enhancers; they are vital components of maintaining overall health, especially during strenuous physical activity like long-distance running. By adhering to individualized recommendations that consider factors like electrolyte balance and glycogen stores, runners not only optimize their race performance, but also support their body's fundamental physiological processes, thus promoting health and well-being.
  5. Psychological Preparation: Mental resilience is not just about overcoming the challenges of long-distance training and racing; it is about cultivating a mindset that fosters overall well-being and health. By incorporating scientifically informed approaches to mental preparation, such as visualization and positive self-talk, runners not only bolster their confidence and motivation for the race, but also develop coping strategies that can benefit their mental health in various aspects of life.

In essence, long-distance running is not just a test of physical endurance; it is an opportunity to prioritize and enhance overall health through individualized training, nutrition, hydration, and psychological preparation. By approaching long-distance running and racing with a focus on health, runners can not only achieve their performance goals, but can also cultivate habits and behaviors that support long-term well-being and vitality.

We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines, allowing five items to be addressed in this Special Issue, as well as others if these address the purpose of the title.

Dr. Veronique Billat
Guest Editor

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  • long-distance running
  • trail
  • ultra trail
  • marathon pacing
  • hitting the wall
  • glycogen depletion
  • energy conservation
  • sustainable pace
  • fuel utilization
  • aerobic metabolism
  • hydration strategies
  • blood glucose levels
  • lactate accumulation
  • target pace
  • ageing

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