There was a very interesting article in Runner’s World Magazine this month that I wanted to share with you. It questions whether long runs are really necessary. The author lays out a plan that basically includes a lot of sprinting and lifting crazy heavy weights in place of the traditional long run.
I saw this article and thought I was very timely for where we are in our Princess Half training. Most of us are at or near the longest of our long runs. These runs can be up to 14 miles. Mentally, this seems like a huge mountain to conquer. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to skip those really long runs but still be able to perform well on race day? I bet you are thinking—wait, don’t I need my long runs to build my base? The author says no. She says that the cardio conditioning that comes from a large number of sprints builds endurance faster than long runs. To build muscle, she tells readers to do lots and lots of heavy strength training. There are no easy runs or recovery days with this plan. It is intense, but the author promises fast results.
For now, I will stick to my long runs. This plan may be to intense for where I am right now, being relatively new to running. Once I can run a whole 5k and hopefully longer, I may give this plan a try. What do you think of it? Is this plan for you?
A dream is a wish…
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