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My friend left me a VM today and said she was going for a run. She said "I am leaving at noon and you can reach me at about 4" That is about 3 hours of running. I can understand running that long in a race but just to train?? How do you do it?<img alt="shock.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/shock.gif"> I know I would be bored. I am bored after about 3 miles.<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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The first hour is a pain, but after that you get into a groove, and you sort of feel high. The dancing frogs and melting sidewalks then distract you enough to make the time pass quickly.
 

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I find running for 3 hours on the road borrrring... but I can run for 4 hours on the trails and not even realize I've been out that long. Get thee to the dirt!<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Whatdoyoupeopledoaboutgoingpottywhenyou'rerunningf orHOURS?<br><img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif">
 

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I did all my really long runs in a park, where there were restrooms about every mile. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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It's the best! You wouldn't believe the amount of stuff I can sort through and clear out of my head during a long run. Heaven I tell ya!
 

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I love my long runs!!! It's my time to think or zone out. That constant "thwap, thwap, thwap" it quite relaxing. After a while, you forget you are running.<br><br>
As far as POJs, normally on a 3hr run I won't need to stop. ALthough, I do know the location of most of the area POJs/gas stations. I've been doing long distance bicycling since the '80s. It's one of those things you just learn.<br><br>
Now, last weekend was a pretty boring run. Because of snow/ice, I had to run a neighborhood loop. It was 2.6m. I did it four times. By that last loop, I was ready to be done!
 

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The real key is to learn to do long distances without any music/iPod support. You can't really clear your mind until all you hear is yourself breathing and your feet hitting the ground.<br><br>
*sigh*<br><br>
I haven't run more than 8 miles in over 6 months, with the exception of a half marathon last month. I miss LD training <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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I rarely need more than an occasional pee break on my longer bike rides....but anything to do with jogging puts me in the bushes for poopstops.<br>
tmi tmi tmi<br><br><br><br><span>~Congrats to those of you who are able to run for extended periods of time. I doubt that I'll ever get there, for obvious reasons; but if I do, I hope that I enjoy the <i>zen</i> of the long run the way you folks do.~</span>
 

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{{DUDE!!}}<br><br>
well, there's nofuckingway that I'll ever to long runs now that you've told me that I have to leave the ipod at home<br><br><img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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There's always the option of using what my daughter calls a stick potty: go behind a bush.
 

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I love my long runs too. I've even gotten to the point where I do them without music. I haven't brought my mp3 player in about six months. And yeah, it's a great time to just <i>think</i>...<br><br>
I always make sure I go to the bathroom right before I start. I think I've only stopped to pee during a run twice in my whole running career. I usually have problems with a lack of hydration, not too much hydration... <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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A great way to run for that long is with someone else. Or 2 or 3 people. Time can fly when you're chatting away. If you have to run solo, never run with music. That's a crutch, not to mention unsafe. Find a quiet, rural place to run - farms, trees, babbling brooks. Being at one with nature and your thoughts while running is a zen experience.<br><br>
As for pooping, you do that before the run, silly.
 

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I think that happens for you at 1.4 miles<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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#1 = hide behind a large tree<br>
#2 = hide behind a large tree & find some leaves - the larger the better...<br><br>
 

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<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Usually don't have to go.<br><br>
Running with people does make the time fly. Although I always run solo. I'm not gonna get into the whole music argument. I don't listen to music, but that's a choice. I've run more 20-milers than I can count with no music, no one else, no bathroom breaks and no stopping for a drink. I'm very fortunate that I have some really awesome running trails to choose from, even in the winter where one is plowed and salted. Not everyone is as lucky.<br><br>
Today was a short 10-mile long run. No need to even eat breakfast or bother to hydrate.
 

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I didn't know there were rules about music while on a long run, hey some people juggle. Trails and forest roads are great especially along rivers where I am able to bring a water filter and not have to carry much water. I carry along a good knife and toilet paper rolled up in a plastic sandwitch bag for a pit stop...digging with my knife a 6 to 8 inch hole and that works just great. In addition to that, I bring along a camera and take photo's along the way. I usually enjoy listening to music along the way unless I get into the Cedars, then I go for silence, sometimes barefoot. If I didn't have certain time constraints, I could probably go all day like that and never get bored.<br><br>
I like what Strawberry say'sStrawberry RunnerI find running for 3 hours on the road borrrring... but I can run for 4 hours on the trails and not even realize I've been out that long. Get thee to the dirt!<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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