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I am after some advice about my weekly long runs.
From previously going out and running as fast and as hard as I can, in the last 6 weeks I have been following a structured training plan based on a lot of comments and advice from people on here. I have been running since the beginning of this year and I am now clocking up 40-45 miles per week.On Saturdays I go for my long runs (now between 12-19 miles) and with each week the distance is increasing. I also vary my route and take in some off road trails, hills/mountains etc.
My first race is the Clowne half marathon in November and my first marathon is Manchester next April.
However, with my new found enthusiam, my long runs could not always be described as 'steady/easy', I do enjoy going off road and hitting the hills and trails. Should my long runs always be long but easy or is it ok if they take in some hills etc ? So far, I have always been able to go out on an easy Sunday run without too much trouble.