Hi, my name is Andrea, and I am awful at Recovery runs.
No seriously… since I do all my runs solo, no matter what I end up racing myself/clock/course/etc. Every time I want to go easy, I end up pushing it. It is so bad for me to run every run like that! It is hard on my body!! Girl needs an easy day, ya?
Well today, I DID IT. I successfully had a slow, easy, recovery run… and I can can break it up into 3 parts for you guys::
Part 1: “Just Keep At It” (the very beginning)-I started off super slow, yet it felt awful. It felt hard. That was the “oh crap” part when I had the flood of thoughts that runners get from time to time when they have a “bad” run… You know, the ridiculous thoughts like, “Oh my gosh I suck now, I can’t do this, I seem to have some how lost all ability to run, overnight, blah blah blah…”
Part 2: “Don’t Lose Focus” (the middle half)- Suddenly, as if a flip was switched, I felt great. My legs felt light, my breathing was almost in a normal, resting rhythm. I had to force myself to Keep.It.Slow. Normally I would react to this feeling with “YAY lets race! Go time Andrea!” But no…. It took every stride and all my mental focus to remind myself to keep it easy.
Part 3: “Run For Life” (the last half/bringing it home)- The last half was by FAR the most enjoyable. I suddenly was able to turn off my brain and stop concentrating on the pace and just relax into the run. The slow rhythm became a part of me… and I a part of it. I felt like I could keep that pace for ever and ever…. It was truly the “This is why I love to run” feeling.
I was so proud of myself for this run! I kept it between 7:45-8:00min pace the whole run (4.7 miles). It was just what I needed, and I proved to myself that not all runs have to be races! Some runs are simply…. well, Runs!
This is a big step in my running journey and I know it will keep me healthy, injury free, and mentally obsessed for many more years to come!
-Does anyone else struggle with “easy” days or “recovery” runs?
-What are you suggestions for keeping a run slow?
-Do you take easy run days or just do cross training instead?