Friday, 8 August 2014

Is there value in active recovery?

Picture this: You beat yourself up with a massive interval session yesterday, your legs are thrashed, stairs seem like an impossible feat, you wake up with a deep insatiable hunger, and your energy levels are low.  What is it time for?  One of the best parts of every runner’s week: the active recovery day.  Yesterday was 90 minutes of agony, today is a 30 minute shuffle.
The active recovery is something firmly implanted in almost all complete running plans.  But what is the true benefit to these sessions?  Do they actually help us to recover faster, or is it just a case of carrying on a running tradition?