Monday, March 21, 2011
40 min. recovery run. This is not to be mistaken for an easy run. A recovery run is different from a base or easy run. By Monday I've run a lot of days consecutively and my legs are generally pretty tired which means I need to be very careful. I generally refer to every Monday run as the "red zone" run meaning I better absolutely listen to my body and keep this run very easy at a steady and very comfortable pace in order to avoid injury. Even though I may feel fine mentally, I know I'm not fine physically. By this time, my body is still in complete repair mode.
So why do I run in this condition? Because it's a great time to focus on form and it teaches my body to respond to fatigue which can be useful mentally and physically during a race. However, this is where many runners get injured because it's a very short road to "too much too soon," so I keep this recovery run pretty short (generally less than 45 min.) and if I fee like I'm starting to run faster than I should, I immediately revert to a shuffle and slow everything back down.
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