‘Comfortable Running’: Part 1

I use the phrase ‘comfortable running’ to refer to running that is at an easy and manageable pace, or low intensity.

There are two indicators that I use to ensure I am keeping to this form of running. The first is that I can multi-task. This means that I can run while I scan the scenery, or while I talk with someone beside me. The second is that I feel I could run at this pace for a very long time and distance.

I find there are many benefits of ‘comfortable running’.

  • It builds a good fitness base as it strengthens the cardiovascular system.
  • It is ideal for warm ups and cool downs. In particular it mentally and physically prepares me for more intense running to follow.
  • It is ideal for recovery between harder running intervals.
  • It helps me to meet a weekly mileage target.
  • It provides low stress on my body and mind.
  • It allows me to focus on running technique and how I am feeling.

There are a number of other reasons that I run at this comfortable level of effort.

  • If I do not want to run harder or longer workouts.
  • If I am returning to running after an injury or a period of absence.
  • If I am recovering from a recent race or hard workout.

Recently, I have committed to running 50-60% of my weekly mileage at this ‘comfortable’ pace. This ensures I stay injury-free and feel fresh to run harder during my remaining workouts.

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