I ran five easy miles this morning. I have learned how important easy runs are as I've gone through different training plans and cycles. I know my long run in a few days will be better because I took it easier today. And I know my body will ultimately be stronger because it is not constantly trying to recover from every run because every run is hard. I don't believe in junk miles though. I would have been better off skipping this run if it didn't have a purpose.
I found this diagram that shows all the reasons you should do some easy runs and why easy running is beneficial:
This article explains better than I can how to make your easy runs count so they aren't just junk miles.
And this article talks more specifically about what makes miles "junk" miles.
After my easy run, I got on YouTube to pull up a core workout and got sidetracked by this video:
It just made me happy, so I figured it might make you smile too. And I am adding this song to my running playlist ASAP.
Do you like easy runs?
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