Miles you just run to do it. You’re not really pushing yourself, not really mentally present. You are just hooked on running and you are running to run. These are not only unnecessary, but harmful to training. They don’t fit into your plan; they are a waste of time. You just think you need to run more and more and more.
Junk miles are bad and are counterproductive to training. They are also an easy vice to fall into. The miles where you feel like an addict “Gotta get the miles in” or “I haven’t ran for 18 hours better go out and do some more miles.”
These are the opposite of rest and recovery miles. Which brings us to….
Miles you run to loosen up the legs. A day out from a long hard training day you might run 4 or 5 recovery miles just to help your legs recover.
These ARE a part of your training plan and ARE necessary for a successful training cycle.
These are good, but these can become junk miles very easily if you aren’t careful.
You can convince yourself that junk miles are helping you recover when really you should be taking….
ACTIVE REST DAYS
Days where you run ZERO miles. Don’t run dumb dumb. You just ran all freakin’ week, you NEED to take one day off!
That doesn’t mean you should sit on your butt and shove potato chips in your mouth.
Do something else active. Yoga, play basketball, go for a hike…whatever floats your boat. Be active! Just don’t go out running.
BALLS OUT MILES
These are also called TEMPO DAYS by more mature people. The miles you just go hardcore and start sprinting. These should be the least amount of miles you run, but you should do them every so often (like on “Do Something You Hate Tuesdays”) These are the training days that are uncomfortable, the ones you dread (until you become a masochist).
These should be hard. You should be sweating and breathing heavily after balls out miles.
These are also necessary to become a successful athlete.
In fact the variety of training is so utterly important! Each aspect is difficult and can be hard to master.
For instance, today I have an active rest day but I feel good enough to go out and push myself hard! Knowing that I need rest and recovery is important so I don’t go out and put in some junk miles that will ultimately hurt more than they will help.
That’s my battle for today. I’ll overcome it! Hope you all (southern) are overcoming your Sunday battles. Have a good week!