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If you run 5 miles, stop and then 6 miles for your 11 mile long run, yes it counts as a 11 mile run. At least it does in my book because that’s what I often do.
So My Friday Five topic is Five Reasons to Split Up Your Long Runs
1. Weather or Scheduling Issues
Sometimes, it is raining or snowing so you start your run on the treadmill. You don’t want to run 12 miles on the treadmill (At least I don’t) so when the weather improves, you continue your run outside.
So you don’t have time to run all 12 miles. You may run 6 miles before work and then 6 miles after work. (I don’t do it often but I have done it.)
2. Vary the Scenery
I’ve run a 5 mile race in the neighborhood or a city
and then continued my run on the rail trail or bike path.
What a nice way to break it up.
You can also start on a hilly course (like I will do tomorrow) and finish on a flat course.
Your legs will be happy that you did.
3. Practice Different Paces
If you start your run with a race and even if you say that it is just part of a long run, you will still run fast.
So when you continue your run, your pace will no doubt be slower. For me, these races are my speed drills.
4. Run with a Partner
It’s no secret that I enjoy running with someone else. It’s not easy when you run at different paces or if you live in different locations or if I have signed up for a race.
So if I split up the run, I can run at least part of it with a friend.
And if it’s the second part of your run, you may even enjoy a post run snack together.
5. It’s easier and more fun.
Running 6 miles, taking a break and running 6 miles is much easier than running 12 miles in one shot.
Will your endurance suffer? How will it affect your finish times?
Not sure. I have never trained for a half marathon without a few split up long runs.
But I wouldn’t do all my training this way. And it is better than skipping a long run.
Happy Running! Do you ever split up your long runs?