There is a well-known statement when it comes to training, ‘The majority of runners run their easy runs too hard and their hard runs too easy.’
I would imagine we have all heard this statement and I also imagine that for the majority of us it is true!
It is so easy to end up doing all our weekly sessions at a similar pace but if we want to see improvement we need to have 1-2 quality sessions a week and to do that we need to have some easy or recovery runs so we are recovered and ready for the harder sessions.
In this week’s Run to the Hills’ podcast (Episode 18) listeners sent in questions about training and coaching which Dave Troman (Love to Run Coaching) and Edwina Sutton (cohost of Run to the Hills) expertly answered.
In one of the questions about emerging technology in training Dave said this as part of his answer:-
‘The hardest sessions to get your athletes to do well are the recovery runs and the aerobic base runs and I don't want to generalise too much here but men in groups running together you can basically kiss that goodbye if it's supposed to be a recovery run because we're just going to speed up too much and run too hard.’
Dave went on to explain how he uses technology to help him and the athletes he coaches: -
So I personally use technology with my athletes to make sure that they're doing recovery runs slow enough whether that is by pace if they're on even terrain or whether that's by heart rate if they're on uneven terrain. I've been running for 40 years and 10 years ago I got a heart rate monitor and I realised that I've been doing my recovery runs way too fast for 30 years! So we can use technology to help us in our recovery runs and I think that is probably the most important way of using them.
Thanks to Dave for that great advice. If you want to hear the full answer to the question and lots of other questions about coaching do listen to Episode 18 of ‘Run to the Hills.'
Finally here is some great advice from Matt Fitzgerald in an article he wrote for Active.com called ‘A Fresh Perspective on Recovery Runs’
Tips for Effective Use of Recovery Runs