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IN DEFENCE OF THE LONG RUN

HIGH-INTENSITY TRAINING MAY BE EN VOGUE BUT WE SHOULD STILL MAKE TIME FOR THAT LONG STEADY RUN. MR’S RESIDENT RUNNING GURU MARTIN YELLING EXPLAINS WHY
In the long run: there’s still a place for long steady running In the long run: there’s still a place for long steady running

In our busy, fast-paced lives, we all like the sound of getting more for less. So it’s little wonder we’ve seen a boom in high-intensity exercise classes and their promises to “get fit in 20 minutes”. Long steady running, by contrast, takes time – anywhere from one to five hours, depending on what you’re training for – and can’t be packaged in quite as palatable a way.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Whether you’re training for a half marathon, marathon or ultra, long steady distance (LSD) runs rule. They, more than anything, are the true money miles that help you become an endurance machine. Here’s how to get the most from your LSD runs.

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I never had any desire to run a marathon. Yes, I watched it religiously every year from 1984 when Charlie Spedding set the then-English record and marveled at the speeds. But it didn’t hold any appeal for me. I was a track runner, a thoroughbred, an out-and-out speed merchant; the thought of running 26 miles consecutively, back-to-back, was just too monstrous a thought. And then I started working in running and I realised that, for 99% of the population, running IS marathons. No one ever says ‘ah, you’re a runner, what’s your 1500metre time?’. The first question anyone asks is ‘have you run a marathon?’. Fortunately, I’m now in the happy position to say yes. Several in fact. And more half marathons than I can actually remember. But running a marathon still isn’t easy. If it was, more people would have done it. It takes training, and work, and effort and a resilient mindset that says ‘I’m not going to give up on this journey’. In this special issue, we reveal the secrets, the highs and lows and the training that can get you round a marathon. There’s something here for everyone, even if you’re an experienced marathoner. As Emil Zatopek famously said: “If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a marathon.”