Double Figures Aim to hit the magic 10-mile mark in two months.
Boosting your mileage should be done slowly and safely, a bit like the first time you went for a drive after passing your test, or had sex. Follow these six golden rules and you will master the eight weeks below.
- Less is more. When you first start upping your mileage, don't be afraid to up it by as little as 500m.
- Increase the distance of your long run by no more than one mile each week.
- If you choose to ignore rule two, then at the very least listen to your body. If you feel even the slightest of niggles, stop and walk.
- Try to avoid steep inclines for your additional miles early on in your training. The double increase in intensity might be too much for your tendons to handle.
- Don’t be afraid to walk. Walking part of the extra mile is far better than not doing it at all.
- Your body is designed to adapt, so provided you are sensible, increasing your weekly mileage can be done safely and keep you injury free.