As a physiotherapist who is training for a marathon, I can attest to the importance of long runs in preparing for the big day. Long runs are a crucial component of marathon training. They help:
- build endurance,
- improve cardiovascular fitness, and
- develop mental toughness.
They are also a great time to test race pacing and nutrition strategies.
In this blog post, I’ll explore the reasons why long runs are typically done on Sundays and share my personal experiences with incorporating them into my training plan.
First and foremost, long runs are done on Sundays because it’s a day when many people have more free time. During the week, people often have busy schedules with work, family, and other commitments, leaving little time for extended runs. However, on Sundays, many individuals have more flexibility and can dedicate the necessary hours to a longer run.
Another reason why long runs are typically scheduled on Sundays is that it allows for ample recovery time before the next week’s training begins. Many marathon training plans are designed to gradually increase the distance of the long run each week, and Sunday is typically the last day of the training week. This allows for a day or two of rest before beginning the next week’s training, which is essential for preventing injuries and avoiding burnout.
In addition to time availability and training schedule considerations, some runners prefer to do their long runs with a group, and Sunday mornings may be a popular time for group runs in their area. Running with a group can be motivating and can make the long runs feel more enjoyable and less daunting. It can also provide an opportunity to meet other runners and make new friends.
Personally, I find that doing long runs on Sundays is an excellent way to start my week off on the right foot. It allows me to clear my mind, enjoy some fresh air, and get a good workout in before the busy work-week begins. I also appreciate the opportunity to practice my nutrition and hydration strategies during long runs, which will be crucial during the marathon.
In summary, long runs are an essential component of marathon training, and Sundays are an ideal day to schedule them. Whether it’s due to time availability, training schedule considerations, or the preference for group runs, Sunday long runs provide an opportunity to build endurance, improve cardiovascular fitness, and develop mental toughness. As a physiotherapist who is training for a marathon, I can attest to the benefits of incorporating long runs into your training plan, and I encourage all runners to give them a try. Happy running!