7 Most Common Long Run Mistakes

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Fatima Fazal December 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Very interesting and knowledgeable. I am sure i have made one of these mistakes. I have started to do longer runs but in a three week cycle so far, 15 k, 16.5 and 17.20 yesterday. My mistake is that i was training my son for 5 k Santa Shuffle which occurred on Saturday (we did it in 25 min). After my long run last weekend and my recovery run of 7 k two days after, he asked me to take him running, so I went out for a 5.5 k run with him in the evening. I also did some leg work in the am after my recovery run. My right inner thigh-groin area started to hurt on my run down a bridge and i had to walk about 1 km home. After a day rest it was fine but yesterday, did it ever hurt. Again it is better today. I am not sure what my weak link is in terms of exercise to build those weak muscles. Thank you for all your wonderful read and advise.



judy Langton January 29, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Hi Jenny,
Just discovered your site and listening to your audio on long run mistakes, thanks so much.
I am 61 years young, I ran as a teenager and didn’t pick it up again until 8 years ago. I have got to the stage where I have been running about 2 half marathons a year, and really, really want to do a marathon.
Have experienced many of the pitfalls you described and have finally learned to listen to my body and tell my mind to ‘just settle down’.
Can you help me to organize a training plan for the marathon?
I have been traveling the world for 4 months with very little running and now back home working my way back into my running.
At present I’m running (jogging really) every second day for 50 mins, so all in all feeling quite happy with my progress, even with so much time off I find I haven’t lost too much fitness.
DO hope you can advise me. Many thanks, Judy


jennyhadfield February 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hi Judy, it’s great to hear from you. I do offer personal coaching services where I develop a progressive plan based on your fitness, experience, lifestyle and what’s worked for you in the past. You can contact me at coach@jennyhadfield.com if interested. Keep running strong.


Aliene October 9, 2015 at 9:58 pm

I’ve been following your marathon running for beginners. I’m on week 6 and it is changing my life! I have shared it with friends and can’t thank you enough. I started just to get in shape but have now signed up for a marathon. I had never run more than a 5k race before this and 5 miles on my own (about 15 years ago!). Can you tell me what Tempo A and B are? Is it a specific speed or just your best speed and for how long? Thank you so much!


jennyhadfield October 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Thank you! If you go to the training plan page and download the program it will also include the second page that explains all the workouts. It is based on your effort level and that is explained in the program info. Good luck with your race,


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