MARATHON TRAINING LONG RUNS
Marathon Training Long Runs
The long runs are designed to build your endurance. The first run will be a slow 3 miles, and we
will gradually increase the distance each week. If you are already running more than that, you may
continue with your current mileage for your long runs until we catch up with you. But try to join us for
all the group runs anyway; the group camaraderie is a major benefit of this program that will help you
get to the marathon.
Here’s an important thing to remember on all your long runs; Forget about speed. The long runs
should be done at your “training pace”, not your “racing pace.” A training pace is at least two minutes
per mile slower than you are capable of running that distance. Running slowly bestows the same level
of endurance as running fast over the same distance. However, slow runs allow your body to recover
quickly and are less likely to result in injury.
RUNNING SLOW = QUICK RECOVERY = BETTER MARATHON!