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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 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.

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Haruki Murakami, author of ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ has an apposite quote for describing our sport: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’ve thought a lot about this quote over the years - and it’s taken me just as long to understand what he’s trying to say. My personal take on it is that we all know that running hurts, it’s just how we channel that pain and deal with it mentally that makes the difference. Over the years, Men’s Running has delivered hundreds of articles about how to train to make the pain as painless as possible. We’ve talked to experts about how to train intelligently for every distance and brought you training plans to nail PBs from 5K to a marathon. We’ve rounded up the best of these and brought them to you in one guide so that you can simply run faster. And, remember, suffering is optional!