Active recovery is a good thing.
I'm not very used to doing it while running but I need to. My brain still thinks that running will be more abusive to my body than cycling or some other lower-impact activity but as my running mentor has told me countless times, my muscles and fitness will adapt way faster than all the connective tissue and if you want to stay injury free you need to gradually build up the strength of your connective tissue. Go too fast and you hurt something like your IT band. Which I have done. Not fun.
The goal of active recovery should be to increase suppleness and ideally you feel better at the end of the work out than when you started. Today I did just that. Half way in I felt like I could have gone faster but I held back and kept it mellow.
Slowly, ever so slowly, I am learning. :)
|Therapy||20 min of stretching after the run|
|Time of Day||5:30 AM|
|Workout Type||active recovery|
|Course||treadmill, 1% incline|