Posted: 27/01/2015 at 22:02
Tmoth - I don't see an issue with back to back longer runs per say, but if I were going to do it I would have the effort in the first one and jog the second one - point in hand; today I ran a very easy 90mins after yesterday's long. That will, over the coming weeks build up to around 2 hours (still very easy, with any efforts in the first run). Really the question of whether back to back long(er) runs are a good idea comes down to what your main aim for the spring is? If the marathon is the focus, then maybe reduce the second longer one down to around 16 and see how that feels.
My comments on your running were solely around playing catch-up as it is asking for trouble.
Sounds nice PP The last week or so here have seen a cracking vegetable curry, pasta with chargrilled chicken/veg and a mustard based sauce, and a slightly tweaked chilli. The kale makes a reappearance on Sunday to go with some liver I'm going to have a crack at making my own pate soon too!
ThR - A 23m in target race time is a very solid long run; I always had the idea in my head that if that felt comfortable I was in good shape. Cheers for the couscous tips. I've got some Quinoa to use soon as well, so I'll let you know when I get around to it
Ok, long runs, some basic thoughts. I think whether it is necessary or not to do longer long runs simply comes down to what type of runner you are. I've always had naturally good endurance (my first run was 2m and I thought I was going to have a heart attack - by week 4 I broke 50m).
What I have realised over the last few campaigns is that the extra few miles in long runs don't make much of a difference, if any, on the endurance front (for me), but by doing the few less my legs are a bit fresher and I can work in the 10k-HM range more which seems to give me a much better return on investment.
I think if natural endurance is an issue for you there is a case for longer long runs, but if you don't tend to fade late on in marathons then I'd suggest you'd be better putting your effort to other avenues that will yield more improvement.