December 8, 2024
Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Races

Recovery Run

Recovery Run

Recovery Run.  Just what is a ‘recovery run’?  I can tell you with a great deal of confidence that when I head out for a run the day after a race or hard training run, I’m not thinking it’s a ‘recovery run’.  I’m thinking, “How the heck am I going to get through this?”

Let’s start with a definition for recovery run:  A relatively short easy-paced run performed within 24 hours of a hard training run or race.  This should be the easiest run of the week other than a rest day.  Benefits of a recovery run, running at a relaxed pace include:

  • Help you build proper form
  • Improve endurance
  • Build base mileage
  • Help speed up recovery

I’ve found that the biggest value from an easy recovery run is that it helps improve my endurance.  Mentally as well as physically.   It’s a toss up which one is more important!  As I mentioned above, when I head out for a run the day after a tough workout or race, my mind is screaming ‘NO!’  Beating that monster is a real triumph and is often the only goal when I’m on the road with lead in my legs and feel like I’m running in quicksand.  Physically, I struggle for the first kilometre or so.  My legs are tired…it’s physically draining to get my legs turning over at any speed.  I learned to keep at it though…soon enough I’m running faster and more comfortably.  Conquering the mental and physical challenges is empowering.

For more information on the benefits of a recovery run and how to approach it, this is a good source of information:  The Complete Guide to Recovery Running.

Until next time

Reggae Marathon RunninGuy