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Why is the long run important to runners?

The long run should be the bedrock of any distance runner’s programme and is definitely bread and butter for marathoners. Running long causes a number of physiological adaptations to your aerobic metabolism that enable you to run at a higher intensity without building up lactate. The length of your long run will be dictated by your experience and the event that you’re training for, but generally runs over 90 minutes are best for improving your body’s ability to store glycogen (carbohydrate) and to burn fat for fuel. Running long also has psychological benefits. Spending time on your feet can be a great confidence booster so you know that on race day you can go the distance.

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