6 Ways Runners Can Gauge Recovery
Every time I interview a run coach, I hear the same thing: More important than training is the recovery — and what us runners SUCK at doing is gauging our run recovery. When I look back on my younger self getting into training, there’s a major theme that pops to mind: I was chronically under-recovered. What I wore as a badge of honor was really a huge negative for my training and racing: I remember feeling SO proud of myself for showing up to cyclocross practice the day after driving back from Ironman in Louisville, so I was at a high-intensity practice the day after driving 14 hours, and the day before that, I had raced a freaking Ironman.
Yeah, not super smart.
I’d love to say I’ve dialed in recovery, but that’s not 100% true. But I have gotten better at telling when I need to chill out, and being OK with taking that chill time. (One huge thing I’ve realized: life stress, like long driving days and travel or a hectic work day, can lead to the need for a recovery or light day just as much as a hard workout can.) So, over on MapMyRun, I investigated a few simple, non-painful ways to objectively and subjectively look at how well you’re recovering. Check it!