There is no such thing. It’s a myth. Really, it is.
I have a hard time believing in so-called ‘easy runs‘. I’ve been running for years, and not once have I considered a run ‘easy’. Pretty much each and every one of my runs are challenging. Where’s the ‘easy’?
First, I guess, I should define ‘easy run’. After reading many running magazines and running blogs, I’ve come to believe that a so-called ‘easy run’ should be one when: a) you feel amazing b) you’re not huffing and puffing c) your legs gracefully take you up hills and down hills d) your legs actually feel good and e) feel as if you can keep running at your maintained pace forever. Typically, ‘easy runs’ tend to be scheduled on a day after a hard workout.
In many of the running blogs/training logs I’ve been reading as of late, I’ve noticed a lot of entries that look kind of like this: “Super easy run today. Just giving my legs a break after yesterday’s 20miler. 8miles at 8:00/mile”. Is this for real? Was this run really ‘super easy’? If it was, then what am I doing wrong?
Maybe this should read: “You get better. Runs get harder”.
To me each and every run is a challenge. When I’m not running a long run, I’m running a short fast run. When I’m not running a tempo, I’m running intervals. When I’m running to work, I’m wearing a backpack. When I’m running, it’s generally at 6:00am or after a long day at work. When I do have a short slow run, I’m trying to loosen up my legs from my long run or intervals the day before. ‘Super easy run’, yeah right!
Are ‘easy runs’ a myth?
How do you define an ‘easy run’?
And ‘super easy run’… ?