Endurance Training and Long Runs

 

The cornerstone workout of distance runners is their weekly or bi weekly long run. These long, easy paced runs build physical endurance, mental toughness and as side benefits are excellent forms of stress relief and spiritual growth. Some runners think that not all endurance workouts are long runs. Some consider a even a shorter, easy paced run of 3 to 6 miles is an endurance workout because of the easy pace. I disagree, because the purpose of endurance training is to just that - improve your endurance. You can only increase your physical and mental endurance by running distances that challenge your existing endurance level. That means only long runs qualify as endurance training. I think that the shorter, easy paced runs are more of a type of easy run or even recovery runs.

 

While only long runs are endurance training, that doesn't mean only 20 mile runs are endurance runs. It depends upon your current level. For a new runner, a 2 mile or even a 1 mile run could qualify as a long run.

 

In this section of Running Planet, we offer workouts, tips and training to improve the endurance and long run ability of runners at all levels from newbies to top level competitive athletes.

 

5K Long Runs

Long training runs for 5K runners

 

10K Specific Long Runs

Long runs designed to improve your 10K performance

 

Goal Pace Marathon Long Runs

Meet your marathon goal

 

Gonzo Long Runs

You've heard of long slow distance training. This is long hard distance training

 

How Often Should You Do a Long Run

Make your long runs more efficient

 

Long Runs - The Cornerstone of Distance Running

Long runs 101

 

Splitting Your Long Run

Is your long run too long?

 

Top Ten Ways to Screw Up Your Long Run

Perform a really unsuccessful long run

 

Top Ten Ways to Stay Motivated During Your Long Run

Stay mentally strong when your distance is long

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