Ryan Hall prioritizes recovery in his training. Are you? For Gritty City Track Club runners following the Fall Marathon Training Plan, we have to remember our recovery strategy: Mondays are total days off. That means do nothing! Eat and be merry! Friday is an optional cross training day. If you choose to do something, make sure the activity is low impact. Wednesday and Sunday are easy run days. 4 mile minimum/8 mile max. Get a good stretch after. If you choose to lift weights, do it the same day as the “hard days”. Our recovery days are just for recovery and nothing else.
The hardest thing to do as athletes in constant training is to think of recovery as an activity. When we change our mindset and incorporate recovery into our weekly schedule, we’ll see our investment in the days off and the easy runs pay off with faster times and healthier bodies.