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The long and the short of it


I’ve written about my dislike of long runs before. I often dread them, sometimes find them boring and regularly have a problem finding time to fit them in (I’m not a morning person). But they are a necessary evil if I want to improve my running at any distance. So whether it’s my laziness, impatience to get a run over or whatever I have to get over it and run some log runs.

I’m half way through Juneathon and my longest run so far is 10K and I’ve not run more than that since a half marathon in April. Time to get on with it I think! So full of mojo from a good run yesterday I got out of the door easily today. It also helped that sensibly I was only planning to run a ‘short long run’ too build up my mileage gradually and avoid injury. (I guess the definition of long run, short long run, long long run, etc, all depends on whether you are a sprinter or ultra runner.)

Juneathon day 16. 8.4 miles run, a good one. Yes I enjoyed it!

Author: fairweatherrunner

West London fair weather runner, British Military Fitness fan, mother of teenage sons and drinker of wine. Sometimes found on the Isle of Wight.

5 thoughts on “The long and the short of it

  1. Bet you`re fast though. Me, I`m a complete snail. I like meditation too and listening to the radio, so long slow runs are just a joy to me.

  2. Definitely context dependent. My long runs are currently two hours, but in the run up to the ultra that was classed as mid-length. Well done for getting out.

  3. Never really thought about how ‘long’ are long runs – I guess 10k for me would be a long run, but a ‘short’ long run ;)? Have never really gone further than 12k but am hoping to in prep for a half mara so hopefully it’ll shed some light on it!

  4. brilliant! well done

  5. I often find that the more I dread a run the better it is and vice versa! Well done on breaking through the ‘short run’ barrier.

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