What’s the purpose of easy runs or walks?
So, you don’t look like this…
Saturdays are when I do my long runs. So on Sunday’s I get in my recovery run. This will work for any day following your long run day.
The day after your long run, your legs will most likely be tired and a little sore from your long run.
So running easy or walking for 20-40 minutes (depending on your schedule) will get the blood flowing and help loosen up your legs and work out some of that muscle tightness/soreness.
In addition, running the day after a long run gets you both physically and mentally used to running on fatigued legs, which you’ll be doing during the later stages of your half or full marathon.
Don’t worry about your pace or distance when doing recovery runs – just take it nice and easy!