I need to coach more.
I mean straight up coach. So, for the rest of January I am going to do just that. Fundamentals! 5 guys on the floor. Don’t get caught watching the paint dry! Wait. That’s not right. That’s from the movie Hoosiers. Let me start over.
I need to start coaching Runners again on here. Me. You. And to begin this stretch of Coaching we will start with the all important…Recovery Run.
You may know it as…a Run.
It’s basically every single run you do that’s NOT a speed workout or a Long Run. It’s what you do when you leave work to run in the park. Or wake up to run before school. It’s just that run you do because it’s nice out and you’re a badass. And it’s also the run you do because it’s not nice out and you’re a badass.
It’s. Just. A. Run.
A Recovery Run.
So, what does that mean? It means the run has a purpose. It’s called a Recovery Run because that is one of the main purposes of the run – to RECOVER. And you accomplish that purpose by understanding how to run a Recovery Run.
Most people run their (Recovery) runs the wrong way. They get all excited to go for a run. (Which is great) They put their headphones on. (Which is fine) The bass kicks in and off they go…way too fast.(Which is the wrong way to start a run)
Blame your playlist.
What a Runner should do is start easy. Start relaxed. Let the body adjust. Because the body has no idea what you are doing. Are you running to catch the bus? Running to the bathroom? You have to give your body a chance to get going…to warm up. Because you were not running. And now you are.
You don’t need to start fast because you shouldn’t start fast. As you naturally adapt to the effort of running – as you mentally and physically warm up – you will naturally pick up the pace. And if you run the Recovery Run the right way you will end with your best running.You will end feeling like you could have gone longer and faster. That’s how you should end a Recovery Run.
OK. This all works best if you go for a run now. Yes. Like right now.
Next time I will talk about how to get over yourself so you can get through the first run.