When training for a big race, particularly a marathon, one of the biggest challenges is grinding through all the unglamorous miles. Most training plans consist of lots and lots of easy runs, while the exciting pace workouts, tempos, and intervals make up only about twenty percent of the training. As a result, those non-workout runs start to feel like slogs and jogs, and we might find ourselves tempted by Bertha to lie on the couch, because really? After weeks and weeks of this, easy runs seem soooooo boring.
It’s pretty easy to get psyched up about a workout or even a long run. Now, whether this excitement for workouts is a good or bad thing is an entirely different post. The point of this one is that it’s easy to find the motivation to do the hard stuff. It’s exciting to test our fitness, strength, and will. It’s fun to learn a few lessons for next time, and when we’re focused on hitting our splits, the miles usually fly by.
But easy runs are really important, and I know you might not believe me yet, but I swear there’s a lot to get excited about when you see a jog, slog, or recovery run on your training schedule. Yes, even on the easiest easy runs, there is a lot to discover. Every run deserves some attention because there’s always a lesson. It’s time to get curious again!