I have recently done several 10 mile runs as part of my build up to the Great South Run which I did last week. That went really well and I now have a half marathon to look forward to😉 in March next year. Over the next couple of months I hope to focus a bit on my 5k and 10k times before gradually increasing my longest runs again up to HM distance. Up until recently my run pattern has been 1x hilly 5k, 1x 'fast' flatish 5k and a long run of between 10-16k. My thoughts were that I might try the following over the winter: 1x fast flatish 5k, 1x 7-8k (trail/hilly) and 1x long run 10-16k. Then start to increase that long run again in the new year. Does this sound like an ok plan? It gives me a bit of flexibility on long run day to go with how I am feeling but is hopefully also consolidating what I am already doing.
Would be interested in hearing what others do to maintain that stamina - still feel quite new to all this running stuff. What do you do when not building up to a race? Don't want to undo all my hard work but I don't want to overdo it either! And yes, I do strength and flexibility in between too, which really keeps the niggles at bay.