The great coach is like a great tailor. Of course, he has in his mind the "model" of the cloth : but, before making the cloth, he needs to measure the client, and to arrange on his body the best solution. Instead, starting from the system, we have the same behavior of a tailor making a good cloth, but after is the buyer that has to work for adapting the cloth to his body.
What is it?
One of the most well known staples of the distance running toolbox. It benefits all runners 800m to Marathon. A longer than normal run. You can classify them by length.
How and Why does it work?
Beyond 40 minutes of exercise, your body is challenged in new ways. The long run challenges the mechanical demands, fuel utilization and central demands (cardiac output) of extensive activity. It can be used as a general endurance run, specific marathon run or an aerobic support workout when training for a 10K. It has many uses and varieties.
The long run has a place in every training program. The long run can effectively bolster your general endurance, in other words: your overall capacity to run.
Time for a change
Blow up in a marathon? Think you need to do a marathon before a marathon? Grinding out 20 milers every weekend? In order for a breakthrough you need a change. Reflect and look for a professional that can offer sound advice and a tailored prescription based on experience, hard evidence and common sense.