24 Nov '16, 6am

How much can you gain by experimenting with your long run?

How much can you gain by experimenting with your long run?

How much can you gain by experimenting with your long run? Ask marathoner Andrew Huebner. After stalling out at 2:27 in his first two attempts, the 26-year-old New Hampshire native turned to local triathlon coach Shawn Crotto for advice while preparing for the 2014 Grandma's Marathon. The training seemed fairly standard until Crotto prescribed a 30-miler and a 32-miler in back-to-back weeks, complete with marathon-pace segments. “It was pretty nuts,” Huebner says. “I was a little bit freaked out, but Shawn said the distance doesn't even matter--just go out, focus on your heart rate, and don't let it get too high. Honestly, it was a little boring to be out there for that long.” The boredom proved worth it as Huebner dropped 10 minutes from his PR and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. We're not recommending everyone start running 30-milers, but Huebner's story ...

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