How Fast Should Your Easy Runs Be?
A common question, and one of the more difficult concepts of training to comprehend, is “how do easy runs help me race faster."
If you want to run a marathon at 5min/km how does running 8-12km slow, or even your entire long run, at 6min/km pace help you?
Wouldn’t running all your miles as close to 5min/km as possible make more sense?
You would think, but no.
Logically, it would make sense that pushing your easy run pace as close to race pace as possible would help you get fitter quicker and ultimately run faster.
After all, the harder you work the better you get, right?
Yet, most good coaches will tell you to run slow on your easy days and your easy running cadence should be the same as your other runs.
From experience, I've found that running 80% easy will make most runners 20-25% faster.
There's a lot of science behind this I will share in the near future.