If you are interested in building an endurance base for running long distance races, such as a half marathon, the Marine Corps marathon, the Air Force Marathon, or similar events, contact a local running group, a national running program, or a trainer with experience in coaching distance runners. Training for these distance races can be very challenging, both physically and mentally. For more information on running
distance races, contact the American Running and Fitness Association at http://americanrunning.org.
Swimming is an excellent exercise for overall fitness. Because the water supports your body weight, swimming is a great cross-training exercise for running and other high-impact activities. Swimming is also an alternative for people with orthopedic problems or those who are in rehabilitation.
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