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peolple on here, when asked about their training habits, often say this day is an easy run and that day is a long run etc. etc.

so i'd be interested to know what they really define as easy or long.

for me i find it hard to keep it easy, i suppose i consider anything under 10 minute miles quite easy, sub 8 minute miles is tempo and anything over 7 miles a longer run.

i know we cant measure power output so heart rate is the next best indicator (yes i know about variables) but, lets say a race average is 180, then what in terms of heart rate would be easy? tempo? fast?

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Easy running to me is running at a pace I can chat away without having to gasp for breath.

A long run is 10miles plus.
 

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It's not something you can really quantify in terms of pace or distance - as steve says, a long run for him is >10miles... for someone used to running 2miles, 3x a week. A 5mile run would be a long run.

As for an 'easy' run... as has been mentioned by Badz & Steve, either:
- 60-70% of your Working heart rate ( (Max HR - Resting HR)*0.7 ) + Resting HR = 70% WHR
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- Running whilst able to hold conversation comfortably without needing to gasp for breath.
 
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