Running can be a pain in the a**. And long-distance running (running a distance of at least 3km) can be even harder to do. But we can’t deny the many benefits to long-distance running — improvement of the cardio system, strengthening of the heart, and an enhancement of your body’s ability to burn fat as a source of energy. Also, the rush of endorphins almost instantly lifts out spirits.

Been wanting to get into endurance running but not sure how to begin training for it? Dr Edwin Chong, Head of Sport Physiology at the Singapore Sports Institute, has five tips for you.

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Long-distance running can be intimidating, but maybe less so at a fun run. Why not sign up for the Star Wars Run for a start? It takes place 6 May so you’ve got over a month to train.

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