• Coach Jacob Puzey

Squires Long Run @ 5K

In this video, Peak Run Performance coach Eric Reyes demonstrates one of the many variations of the Squires Long Run. The goal of the Squires Long Run is to prepare your body and mind for the demands of running goal race pace (or faster) on tired legs.

The Squires Long Run is named after the legendary coach of the Greater Boston Track Club, Bill Squires. Squires coached the likes of marathon champions Bill Rodgers, Alberto Salazar, and Dick Beardsley as well as countless others.


INTENSITY: 9/10 RPE / VO2 Max

In this particular video, Coach Eric Reyes demonstrate the Squires Long Run that includes surges at 5K effort or 9 out of 10 on the RPE scale.

DURATION: 90 to 120 minutes


This run can range between one and half and two hours depending on where you’re at in your training block and how long your long runs have been.

NUTS & BOLTS


You’ll start with an easy, aerobic effort at 4 to 5 out of 10 as a warm up.


After 15 to 30 minutes of warming up you’ll begin inserting 2 minute surges at 5K effort or 9/10 RPE followed by 8 minutes recovery jogs at 4 or 5 out of 10 RPE.

So every 10 minutes you’ll start with a 2 minute harder effort followed by an 8 minute recovery jog.


After 6 to 8 of these 2 minute intense intervals followed by 8 minute recovery intervals, you’ll follow it up with a 15 to 30 minute cool down at 4 out of 10 RPE.

WHEN TO ADD THEM


Squires long runs can be worked into your schedule every few weeks once the body has built a strong aerobic base and long runs have regularly been in the hour and a half to two hour range. For more details on how to do this safely, please read "It's all about the Base."


Additionally, you’ll want to have done some higher intensity efforts and cut down or progressive long runs in the weeks leading up to your first Squires Long Run so that it isn’t such a shock to the system. Remember, we want to avoid injury so that we can train and build consistently and incrementally.

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Recommended reads:


Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's Greatest Marathon


Born to Coach: The Story of Bill Squires, the Legendary Coach of the Greatest Generation of American Distance Runners


Marathon Man: My 26.2-Mile Journey from Unknown Grad Student to the Top of the Running World


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