Long runs are a quintessential aspect of half and full marathon training schedules. We dutifully dedicate weekend after weekend to these training runs in preparation for our race.

The goal of long runs, which is any run over 90 minutes, is to get your body, especially your legs, used to running for 2-4 hours consistently. They are your dress rehearsal for the race and therefore require more planning and thought than a typical run.

You want to carefully consider the route, pacing, hydration and fueling, safety and clothing choices. Although the most important aspect of these training runs is plain and simple — time on your feet — there are a few key factors to take into account if you want to get the most out of each long run, especially if you are going for a personal best time!

Here are six tips to maximizing the benefits of your long runs.

1. Course Simulation
Running form and mechanics play a crucial role in treating and preventing many injuries. Photo: www.shutterstock.com
2. Pace Yourself Properly
3. Race Pace Practice
4. Hydration And Fueling Strategy
5. Safety
6. Dress Rehearsal


About The Author:

Meghan Reynolds is a USATF Certified Running Coach, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor. She’s an 11-time marathoner, and has also participated in numerous half marathons and sprint triathlons.