BUT...let's define and understand what we are really doing here.
1. I want to be very clear, that the longer the distance does not make a better athlete. There are different types of athletes.
2. Everyone has different goals - so establish what your real goals are.
3. Which gets me to the reason I am writing this...
are you a runner?
or are you a walker...and a damn good one
There is a big difference between the two
20km: 1:16:36 by Japanese Racewalker, Yusuke Suzuki
50km: imagine running a 50km this fast, let alone, WALK it! 3:32:33 from Frenchman, Yohann Diniz
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Not a sport to be taken lightly. It is quite remarkable how fast you can move when walking.
Both feet connected to the ground at one point and never airborne.
Movement for thought: Is this how you "run"?
While it is remarkable to watch runners fly around the track at top speeds, observe the difference between mechanics between the two.
Running, there is one foot at a time contact and always...always...ALWAYS...ALWAYS a brief moment where the body is airborne and there is no foot connected to the ground.
It is like going from a chunky shoe and dropping to a minimal one; it takes time. One needs to develop strength, mobility and understand movement before increasing volume of distance. And if you wish to keep walking...keep on walking! It is a great form of exercise.
Either way, I hope you now know and understand the difference between how these two movements are defined.