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The Long Run

What it is, what is does, and why YOU should do it!


The weekly #longrun is a staple of every training plan & philosophy because of ALL the benefits it imparts for runners of all abilities, experience levels, and goals.

WHAT IT IS⁠

➤Your longest run of the week⁠

➤Between 1-3 hours long AND/OR 20-30% of your weekly mileage (for most runners, there's no need to run for more than 3 hours or for longer than 22 miles, unless you are training for an ultramarathon)⁠


WHAT IT DOES⁠

➤Increases capillary & mitochondrial density⁠

➤Strengthens your heart & lungs⁠

➤Improves mental toughness & resilience⁠

➤Trains your body to burn fat for fuel⁠

➤Allows you to test race-day equipment over distance⁠

➤Makes you a faster, more efficient runner!⁠

HOW TO DO IT⁠

➤Do only ONE long run per week⁠

➤Keep it on the SLOW side; get the benefits by staying in your easy or aerobic zone (unless your training plan says otherwise)⁠

➤Stay hydrated (incl. electrolytes!) for the entirety of the run⁠

➤Remember to RECOVER! Rehydrating and eating a protein-focused meal soon after will help your body recover!⁠


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