The Easy Day Dilemna

This morning I went on a much needed 4 mile recovery run. I had an extremely difficult time keeping the pace slow! According to, my recovery pace should be anywhere from 8:13-9:16 (using my half marathon PR). I was averaging about a 7:50 pace, though.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at keeping easy runs easy. In cross country, I was always known for pushing the pace on recovery days. I just can’t help it! When I feel good, I feel good!

So, how important is it to keep the pace within that recovery range? Apparently, pretty important. Here’s an explanation from

Consciously or not, many runners push too hard on easy runs and miss out on their varied benefits—like time to heal, for one. Demanding workouts like speedwork and long runs put a great deal of stress on muscles, and “any time there’s a stress, you have to allow some recovery time for those tissues to rebuild,” McMillan says. Time spent going easy also builds your fitness base and staves off burnout. “

So, to avoid injury, it’s important to keep the easy runs easy. But, how do you even know if you need to take an easy day? I found this chart on Runner’s World. It does a great job of breaking down this question.

I really need to take this advice and put the breaks on during recovery days. I’m still learning every day when it comes to this running thing 🙂

Shifting gears, this week is prom spirit week at my school. I’m part of the prom royalty, so I will find out at Friday’s assembly if I won for prince! I totally forgot until 3rd period that I was supposed to be wearing my sash. It goes great with the outfit I threw on 3 minutes before I left the house.

The rest of the school day was eh. You can definitely tell that summer is within sight. Everyone has checked out early (even the teachers)!

Once I got home I went on YouTube and did a HasFit abs video. (I did the same one I posted in Sunday Run-day). Core work is another important part of injury prevention!

Then I had some Crockpot Salsa Chicken (I told you we love our crockpot. It’s part of the fam.) and called it a night! Now it’s time for AP Lang and physics homework. Tonight is going to be very exciting as you can tell 😉

How about you?

  • Runners: do you have trouble keeping easy runs easy?
  • Did you ever go to your high school’s prom?
  • How often do you use the crockpot?

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