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Due to work and other commitments I’m unable to run much during the week. I’ve got more time at the weekend so I’d really like to maximise my running during them. I’d also like to avoid injuring myself as I’ve been off for a few weeks with shin splints. I’ve read a good approach to avoiding injury is to follow a hard run with an easy run and vice versa.
Would a park run and long run both be considered ‘hard’? I really enjoy doing parkruns so I’d like to do one every Saturday if I can, then do a long run on the Sunday. My last (and first) parkrun was in 23:30, which is a hard pace for me (my 10k PB is 47:30 BTW so probably some room for improvement). I’m focusing on 10k and 5k so my long run will probably be no more than 8 miles. Should I avoid doing them on back-to-back days to avoid injury? I haven’t actually done them on the same weekend yet, I was thnking of trying it for the first time this weekend but I don't want to injure myself.