I received this question from a coach in the private Q & A.
You recently tweeted about the importance of doing strides on easy days. Does this emphasis apply to days following races or hard workout?
I think it is crucial to do strides on easy days. Following a race or a hard workout, not so much.
Following a race you want to do an easy run or a cross training day. You need to recover from the race and you don’t need to be doing strides as part of that recovery. The day after a hard workout, you basically want to do the same thing.
You want to do strides on the easy days BEFORE the workout and BEFORE the long run.
You do this so that your nervous system is ready to run a slightly slower pace the next day. So if your workout is a threshold run, the day before you might run your strides at 5k pace. When you start that threshold run your legs have the muscle memory of running 5k pace the previous days. The threshold paces feels easy because of the muscle memory of running the 5k pace. Same holds true for the easy day prior to a long run.
So strides on the day before a workout or long run.
Good questions coach.
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