After my 12 miles on Thursday, I woke up really stiff and sore on Friday. Typically I take a rest day immediately following a long run. However, lately I’ve been reading about everyone going on ‘recovery runs’ and I was curious.
A recovery run is done the day after a hard workout and should be an easy run at a slow pace. Laura over at Mommy Run Fast wrote a blog post all about recovery runs just as I was getting ready to head out for my recovery run – awesome timing! She goes through some of the different rationales regarding how and why recovery runs work, which was really interesting.
The first mile was horrible. I could barely move my legs and I was so slow. Mile 2 was a little better, but still not great. However, something magical happened and by mile 3 my legs had loosened up and I was actually feeling…good.
Some folks say that recovery runs that are done the day after a hard work out don’t actually work and are a myth. I’m not an exercise scientist nor a kinesiologist. All I have to go by is my N=1. For me, and for a lot of other folks out there on the internet, they seem to work.
Do you incorporate recovery runs? Do they work for you?