ASK AN EXPERT: How important is the pace during “recovery runs?”

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Since the majority of the miles kids run are typically at recovery pace, how “slow” should it be? I get worried that too many run recovery too fast, and then find it hard to run fast when they race. If they are always maxing out their effort, then how do they have any in the tank when they need to dig? Just because you can run 8 miles (or more) at 7mpm pace, should you? Say your mile PR is 4:45, how much slower should recovery be? And if you run even slower than recommended pace, does it have a huge impact? (Keep in mind, I’m not talking about 10 min miles, but say “recovery” should be 7:15, and instead you have kids running 7:45, does it really matter?) Thanks for the discussion!

 

 

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