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7321 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2008 7:05 AM by allen.harrison
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Mar 13, 2008 3:42 PM

What is a Recovery Run?

I take a day off after a key run but I'm always looking for new ways to improve as a runner and athlete. Matt Fitzgerald just published an excellent article, A Fresh Perspective on Recovery Runs, that explains the physiological benefit behind effective recovery runs.


Do you usually take a day off after a key work out or do you use recovery runs in your routine?


This weekend I'm going to give it a shot. Saturday I'm going long so Sunday, I'll get out for a light and easy session. Are you going to try too? Meet me back here to share how it goes!

  • Jay Silvio We're Not Worthy 1,775 posts since
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    1. Mar 10, 2008 12:06 PM (in response to Active Toby)
    Re: What is a Recovery Run?

    I'm a firm believer in recovery runs following races or hard workouts.  I don't know if the benefits are physiological or psychological, and I'm not sure I really care.  I just know that I tend to feel much better the day after a recovery run whereas if I take the day off after a race I usually feel "flat" the next time I run.

  • pinklizard04 Rookie 7 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    2. Mar 11, 2008 3:22 PM (in response to Active Toby)
    Re: What is a Recovery Run?


    I'll have to read the article.  This is something I struggle with.  I always have good intentions of going easy on my "easy runs"  but, alas, I'm competitive, and it drives me nuts that my Hubby, who runs a tenth as much as I do, can still get out and do a 3 miler with an average of 2 minutes/mile faster than me!  The injustice of it all!!!!!  so needless to say, I usually try to hard, and end up frustrating myself. 






    Thanks for the reminder,  I'll have to try it this week, and I'll let you know how it goes!



  • allen.harrison Rookie 1 posts since
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    3. Mar 14, 2008 7:05 AM (in response to Active Toby)
    Re: What is a Recovery Run?

    Patrick - I prefer to do some other activity (bike/swim) on recovery days rather than run, because I don't really think there is a true recovery run.  As a triathlete, I find that running takes the greatest toll on the body, and any run isn't really recovery.  However, for someone who is solely focused on running, I can see where a "recovery run" or easy day would be beneficial in keeping the body active and recovering while not taxing it too much.  In swimming and biking, I will do recovery sessions at an embarassingly slow pace.  In my opinion, recovery involves something different from what you are recovering from, which is why I tend to use a different sport for recovery.

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