Friday, 07 October 2016 19:13


Maybe you expect me to start by describing a big blowout on the track or hill repeats that set your knees to trembling. Well, I could, of course. At the right time of year and with sufficient rests, those sorts of sessions can do you a world of good. But I’m going to start by talking about recovery runs. It’s true that the recovery sessions are most beneficial only after you’ve done the harder sessions.

But it is equally true that you can only do the harder sessions properly if you are disciplined about sticking to the aim of your recovery sessions—to recover, to leave yourself raring to go, feeling almost deprived because you know you could have run more. It’s the same as being strict on yourself and resisting that extra pint or second helping of pudding. But all too often, people who think they’ll do an easy run on a particular day don’t wind up doing it. They say to themselves, ‘Oh, it’s a lovely day. My mates are going for eight miles. I’m only supposed to be doing four, but I can’t resist it.

I’ll go slowly, and that way it’ll still be a recovery run.’ Well, eight slow miles is not a recovery run! Especially when the plan said four. Then the next day they’re more tired than they should be, not quite up for something that’s harder, like hill repeats or a session on the track. OK, I’ll miss that and do a fartlek or a hard five-mile run instead, they tell themselves. Well, that’s OK, but still not part of the plan. And their training all becomes watered down and levelled out.

Running -- OmRiyadat