Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:22
It's more about specifically targeting your training to cover your weaknesses.
It's quite easy to just go out and plod away slowly for several hours on a Sunday believing that it's doing us good.
There are a lot of training plans and a wealth of wisdom out there.
I'm pretty much sold on the long run not being much longer than 2:30. I'm stretching it to 2:40. The intervals at VO2 max to raise my base fitness and the threshold runs to work on the lactate threshold.
Last year I worked hard on my LT runs and saw almost immediate improvements, dropping 5mins off my half in only a few weeks.
The long run helped me continue running through 18miles on the day having started out at a pace slightly faster than my long run training pace. But getting stressed over trying to fit multiple 20milers in that were taking 3:20 and leaving me drained for two or three days after aren't something I'm keen to repeat. Having done 4 marathons now, I may possibly do one 20mile run but think it's unlikely unless I suddenly gain masses of speed.