I’ve been saying “Easy days Easy and Hard days Hard” to athletes for a good ten years.
What that means is that you need to run your easy days easy so that your hard days can be hard. You want to make every workout day a good one and so you can’t be running moderate pace on your recovery days (unless you’re world class and have a high training age, and even then you can only get away with doing this a couple of times a month).
Running your easy days easy so that you’re ready to run solid workouts on the hard days is a very simple concept, but as Thelonius Monk said, “Simple Ain’t Easy.”
I think this is one of the few times one of my weekly tips for Nike speaks to this audience as well or better than the Nike audience.
I think many athletes run their easy days too fast and that this habit is one of the quiet factors that leads to poor performance. Most coaches can’t monitor the pace of easy days; as athletes gain fitness they can easily run 15-20 seconds a mile too fast, especially when in the company of teammates or when visualizing the first big meet of the cross season.
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