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YOUR RECOVERY RUN essentials

A PROPERLY EXECUTED RECOVERY RUN SHOULD BE A COMPULSORY ELEMENT OF YOUR TRAINING WEEK. HERE’S HOW TO DO ONE, WHEN AND WHY

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The more running becomes a part of your life, the more you realise there’s so much to learn about this sport. Training regularly will improve your ability and performance, but overtraining, and neglecting rest, can lead to injury and illness. One aspect of active rest (rather than passive rest, which would be a day off from running) many overlook or don’t fully understand, is the recovery run.

WHY DO WE NEED RECOVERY RUNS?

Your training definitely shouldn’t be at full effort all the time. This can be a tough truth for those relatively new to the sport, who have fallen in love with those feel-good endorphins. The harder you run, the more these feelings can flood your bloodstream and quickly you find yourself in an evil circle of running where you are always pushing. Every run, you force your body to perform to its optimum. Trying to get the perceived maximum from every session.

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About Women’s Running

Get inspired with our November issue of Women’s Running. Read our exclusive interview with cover star Chrissie Wellington, who shares her journey from amateur athlete to becoming four-time World Ironman Champion. Turn to page 48 and you’ll discover how you too can take your running to the next level – find out how one woman approached her first ultra and get all the tips you’ll need to up your distance. Struggling to find time to run for half an hour a week, never mind train for an ultra? No problem. We’ve got some great time-efficient sessions for women with manic lives. If running is strictly off limits for you at the moment due to injury, try our three cross-training plans to keep you sane – and your fitness up – while you recover. And if speed is your focus this autumn, don’t miss our expert advice on getting faster, as we show you how to find your top gear. Enjoy all this, plus all of the usual kit picks, inspiration, recipes, workouts and more!
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