If you’re training for an event or trying to build up your stamina to run further, the LSR will become an important part of your training.

The other work you do should build your strength and speed, but if you want to go further or run for longer, you need to incorporate long, slow running into your training week.

Most people find time for their longer runs at the weekends and you’ll see lots of friendly runners out early on Saturday or Sunday morning and you should be running at a pace that leaves you plenty of puff to say hello! In fact, you should be able to hold a full conversation during your LSR, even if you’re going uphill. You should get to the end of it feeling that you could run more or faster.

If you increase your overall distance slowly, you’ll be up to distance before you know it!