Do you know what your easy pace should be? An easy run can be a tricky thing. Somedays you feel better than others – and usually if you feel good, you want to push the pace a bit, right? Now this might not be bad once in awhile, but chronically doing your easy runs too fast (or too slow) is not a good thing.
What is the purpose of an easy run?
An easy run is arguably just as important as the interval workout you did the day before. In order to get the benefit from the hard days, you need to give yourself a chance to recover. Running easy also allows you to build up a base while placing less stress on your body, in efforts to prevent injury.
Most people (if they haven’t researched it for themselves or been instructed by a coach) are probably either running too fast or too slow on their easy day.
So what’s my easy pace?
A really great way to estimate what pace you should be running on easy day is to use your VDOT! What’s a vdot you ask? VDOT is a measurement of your current running ability as described by the great Dr. Jack Daniels, legendary running coach and two time Olympic medalist in the Modern Pentathlon. It takes into account recent PRs, and spits back out multiple different training paces. Here’s the link to calculate your own easy pace! Check it out – you might be surprised!
Long story short, I used to do my easy runs WAY too fast back when I was in college. As a result, I was tired when I got to the workouts. Now I’ve dialed my easy runs way back, so they are EASY like they are supposed to be, and I look forward to the speed workouts!
Happy running 🙂