Q: How do I calculate my long-run pace? A: #runningtips via @CoachJenny

I'd been doing most of my long runs at about a 10:30 pace. On my long run this weekend, however, I pushed myself a little and ran at 9:45 pace. I was still able to speak in complete sentences and wasn't huffing and puffing at all. Is there a benefit to doing these slower or faster? Or is 9:45 okay as long as I feel good? Thanks. —Diana I love your question, Diana, because it highlights a very important fact about long runs. And that is... Are you ready? Long runs aren't about pace . They are about effort . As is most of your training, for that matter. When you look at the purpose of the long run, it becomes clear that the key is to run by what your body is doing on the day, rather than what your mind and watch are telling you to do. The goal of a long run is to run it aerobically, to teach your body to utilize fat as a primary resource. A long run also helps you get used t...

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