Happy Wednesday! As I’m almost halfway through my training for the Chicago Marathon, I thought this would be a good time to evaluate the runs in my training schedule. My training plan calls for four runs per week – two “easy” runs, one tempo run and one long run. The other day I started to think about how all these runs are different, but is one type of run more important than the other? Let’s discuss.
I want to start off by saying I don’t think there is one correct answer. I’m sure everyone has a different idea about what type of run is most important to them based on their race goals, but this is just my view.
The long run is just what it sounds like – it’s the longest training run of the week and you usually run it at a slower pace than tempo runs, etc.
Hands down, the long run is the most important run for me when I’m training for a race. No matter how I feel or if the weather is less than ideal, I always make a point to get in the miles on my long run. I like that it gives me more time on my feet, which makes me feel better prepared come race day. I also like how I feel after a long run, especially if it was a tough run. That feeling of accomplishment is everything! I’m also all about the post long run food/nap 🙂
I love easy/recovery runs because they are a great way to get in your runs at a comfortable pace. Easy runs are supposed to be low-intensity. These runs also help our muscles to recover after tempo and long runs. I’m a big fan of these miles because I can just crank up my playlist and run. I don’t need to check my watch, I run based on feel. Most runs in a training plan are easy/recovery miles.
Ah the lovely tempo run. It’s a faster paced workout and it can be best described as “comfortably hard”.
Well, no surprise with this ranking! I just started doing tempo runs during this training cycle and it’s H-A-R-D! I know that they are necessary, especially if you want to PR a race – and I do! I sometimes feel like this run is harder than my long run because I’m not a “speedy” runner. Does anyone else feel that way?
What’s the most important run during your training cycle? Does it change when your training for shorter vs longer races?