Hello all. I haven't been on here for a few years after a long break from running, but in the last year I've got back into it. I've got a general question about running volume - hopefully this is the right place for it.
I've often read the standard advice that your long run shouldn't exceed 35% of your weekly miles, but I've always been bad at following this. I enjoy the long runs the most, and they tend to be anything up to 65% of my weekly volume. For example, before Christmas I was running 21-22 miles a week, including a half marathon distance at the weekend. Perhaps unsurprisingly I promptly got injured.
Anyway, for the new year I'm trying to finally do things properly on this front. At the moment I'm running 4 times a week. I want to be able to get up to about 15 miles on my weekend long run just for pleasure, as this is the kind of distance I enjoy. I'm not enormously concerned about running fast. Following the 35% rule, I'd need to run about 43 miles a week, which means I'd need to run 9 miles 3 times in the midweek. This seems somehow wonky to me. Is this really going to reduce my risk of injury? What would be the official advice here? Most programmes and advice I read seem to assume I'm training for a race. I don't want this, I just want a sustainable weekly routine that lets me get some decent distances in on a Sunday.
Thoughts, comments and hair-tearing at my idiocy all appreciated.