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Louise Damen
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I want to follow a published 16 week training plan for the London Marathon. Currently I run long runs of 12 to 16 miles at weekends. All the plans start with much shorter long runs (6-8 miles). Should I reduce my long runs when I start the plan or carry on until the plan catches up with me?

If you’re already banking long runs of 12-16 miles then that’s fantastic. You may find that a lot of published plans cater for slightly less experienced runners and hence the initial long run distances are lower. The long run is really the bedrock of any marathon training plan so provided your energy levels are good and you have no niggles there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t continue with those longer runs until the plan catches up with you.

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