Recently I have produced several articles (links below) on planning your training, walking for ultra running, base training, speed work and now I ask the question, how long should the long run be?
Short distance runners often run over distance in training. Think about it, a 10km runner may run a long slow half marathon to build endurance. A half marathon runner may run a long and slow steady 16-miles in preparation for a fast race.
This all falls apart when we go to the marathon and beyond. How often have you heard in marathon training that the long run should be 21/22 miles or 3 hours and 30 minutes in preparation for a race.
Long runs and adapting for an endurance run such as an ultra comes from not one run but a combination of all runs. It’s about your accumulative run history. They all add up to make you an endurance machine.
First and foremost, consistency is key and long runs should be progressive and based on ability and experience. A long run should test you but not break you.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON RUNULTRA HERE
Make sure you catch up on other resources that will help you plan your 2016 season:
Planning a Running and Racing Year HERE
To Base Train or not To Base Train? HERE
Base Training HERE
We also have a series of articles on walking and climbing:
Training to Walk for Ultra, Trail and mountain Races HERE
Walking, Running and Climbing with Trekking Poles HERE
Running and Walking Efficiency when Climbing HERE