Running on Tired Legs

by Stephanie on September 6, 2011 · 1 comment

in Running

I read in the latest issue of Runner’s Worldthat seasoned runners sometimes run an easy few miles the day after a long run to simulate “running on tired legs”.  It worked out perfectly for me to try that yesterday as I didn’t get the weekend’s 11 mile long run in until Sunday and the training schedule called for 4 miles on Monday.

I was somewhat sore on Monday from the long run.  It was nothing debilitating.  Just a nice, solid “I can tell I worked out” burn in my quads and core.  I’ve always kind of liked that type of soreness.  It lets me know I’m really working my muscles, really doing something.

My intention was to do my 4 miles at an easy pace.  I didn’t know how I’d feel and I didn’t want to push it.  Whoops! 

I started off at a decent pace.  Right away I noticed how loose I felt.  No tight calves.  No twinges of pain from my knees or ankles protesting the act of running.  I felt good right away.  This was pretty amazing!

The first two miles were a solid 12:35 pace (I shoot for 12:30-13 as an easy pace, I know, it’s slow, but it’s my reality).  The next two miles, I don’t even know what happened.  Apparently my legs were aching to show me what they could do the day after a long run because my per mile pace dropped to around 10:50 (which is fast for me!).  I even had enough for an extra kick at the end that got me down into the 9’s!

I am super pumped that I was able to have such a great run the day after a long run.  I can only hope that I feel that good on race day J

I am sorer today than I was yesterday (which makes sense I suppose) so I’m very happy it is a rest day for me.  I will be doing a lot of relaxing on the couch tonight, though I am going to make White Chicken Enchiladas.  Yum!

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Samantha September 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Interesting. I’ve read about that too but have been a little nervous to try it. Maybe I will at some point in my training.


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