I’m glad I don’t have to stop running when recovering from a few harder weeks. I like running and getting out there into the world too much to stop now. Running is the base of much of my life.
You learn the running lessons over the years. Recovery running doesn’t mean stopping. It just means not pushing time, hills or distance. It means running lightly, hardly panting, hardly sweating. Running the bounce back into my legs. Running until I want to run more, harder, faster … but don’t. Because that’s when the adaptation to the previous weeks harder running takes place.
This morning: The second day of recovery running: all ready the well-used, stiff feeling in my legs is going. Already the bounce is there. My legs don’t want to run fast or harder yet – soon they will.