Since I’m not following a training plan for this half-marathon I try and make up my running schedule for the week on Sunday.
For Monday, I scheduled myself to run 4 miles at an easy pace. I read quite a few running blogs, and many of them do recovery runs after a long run or a hard tempo/interval run.
So, I decided to try a recovery run. 4 miles, 36:38, 9:09 pace. I ran the first mile around 10:00, my legs were super tight and I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it through the entire 4 miles. Thankfully they loosened up and I continued on. I bumped the speed up every now & then and ended with an 8:20 for the last mile.. Hm, not what I was planning on doing, but it felt good and going slow was getting boring.
My Question: Are recovery runs fact or fiction? Do they help, or are they a placebo?
I read a few articles online:
A Fresh Perspective on Recovery Runs, by Matt Fitzgerald
Relax, Recharge by Bob Cooper
I’m having a difficult time finding very much information on this type of run. Is it beneficial? Any articles/books that I should read on the subject? What is your experience with short recovery runs after a long run?
I think this is the first time ever, or at least in a really long time, that I’ve run the day after a long run. I’ve been to afraid to put extra stress on my legs.
Today is a total rest day, and I’m looking forward to it; My legs aren’t sore, but I definitely don’t want to over do it.
I hope you went over to Cait’s blog yesterday to congratulate her on an awesomely executed half-marathon. Today, head over there and tell her Happy Birthday & tell her Good Luck, crazy girl registered to run another half on the 15th! She is on fire!