Breaking news: literally. Weapons don't last long in Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. They tend to shatter, often at the most inopportune moments.
A lot of people don't like that.
Sure you can run. Or you could get on a horse. You could jump off a super high mountain and glide for you bit.
Or -- hear me out here -- you could freeze an enormous rock in time, hit it with a big hammer, then hold on for dear life and the stored kinetic energy launches you into orbit.
This is now my preferred mode of travel.