On Coaching Podcast | # 75: Easy Days — How far, how fast, how much?
It’s all about recovery! On this episode we take on the topic of easy days. The oft neglected cousin to the more “important” hard workouts, easy days are essential for improving performance. We have a tendency to “check the box” and the only consideration we take is how much mileage we need. In this podcast we walk you through:
- Why we shouldn’t use pace or heart rate zones for easy days with well-trained runners.
- The importance of the social side of easy days.
- “Are you training to win or training to learn?”
- Teaching the skill of running by feel.
- How long should recovery runs be? The difference between a shakeout or
- Adding “stuff” to your easy runs to get some adaptation.
- Introducing the idea of “Running to the Barn.”
- The modern nuance of hard/easy and why we need to consider the shades of grey between the two extremes.
- “The Space Between”
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Resources Mentioned in this weeks episode:
- Bill Bowerman and the Hard/Easy Approach
- Avoiding the Hard/Easy Trap. Runner’s World
- Peak Performance on Stress+Rest = Growth
- Jan Olbrecht’s graph on recovery from different workouts in his book The Science of Winning.