Two for One?
Can you get two benefits out of same workout? Probably not but that’s the way it sometimes feels. Take today for example. The schedule called for 2 hrs 15 mins. Since I did the 20 with the fast finish yesterday, the pace I ran today was at recovery pace. About 8:44. It was foggy and rainy and I felt my usual sluggishness that I feel when I run these paces. The run was all recovery right through the 10 mile mark in 1:29:00. Then I ran the last 5 at the same effort/pace but this part of the run felt didn’t feel like recovery. It felt like an endurance workout albeit at a slow pace. This was especially noticeable after the watch turned 2 hours and I got thinking that two hours in the rain is a long time.
Without the benefit of doubles, I can’t run a simple recovery and maintain the mileage. I either completely recover with a drill workout or short jaunt or I maintain my mileage for the aerobic benefit. It’s a balance. My general rule is to keep the effort between hard days easy and if I feel up to it, keep the mileage high. If I feel like I need more recovery I reduce the mileage.
Nevertheless, I recovered today for 10 miles but ended up with a low aerobic workout after I went beyond the 2 hour mark. This worked well for today since yesterday’s run wasn’t that hard.
15.46 miles / 2hrs 15mins