I hear ya, that's a huge part of why I run, especially on the trails. Mind clearing, stress relieving, keeps depression away, and the fitness staying good as I begin to age is great also.Yeah, I know I can just increase the running distance to 10k or more, but I stop at 5km just coz the gains for me is more about mental clarity and curbing depression. Anymore just feels time consuming....
But hey... If I want to gain unlimited power like Saitama maybe it’s worth it 😂 (yes it's just stupid fiction)
I just enjoy the longer distances. I used to live in the lower desert and really tested my limits in the 115 degree heat. You know when you start seeing dark spots in your vision its time to just walk and start searching for water.
But yes, time consuming if you train for really long distances. Marathon training the month prior to the race would get to be almost four hours at a time for my long training runs. I at one time envisioned building up to the Badwater Ultra, 135 miles through death valley in July. Actually think it's going on right now, started July 19th. But that kind of training leaves little time for other outside interests, and I have a lot of them.