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10 Reasons Runner’s Don’t Run Easy (Even When They Know They Should)

You may have noticed that we have been focusing on the importance of slowing down to run faster recently; our post on how to run the correct pace for your long run, how to build your long run at that pace, and how running too fast is actually one of the biggest mistakes new runners make.

By now you know this, you see the science behind why it makes sense, and you go about your training with the best of intentions.

You ARE going to take your easy days easy, you ARE going to listen to your body, and you ARE going to run faster because of it.

Yet somehow that little voice in the back of our minds starts teasing us, telling us we are never going to run fast going THIS slow.

How do you expect to run faster by going slower?

Once again, we fall back into that trap of running too fast.

Today’s thought process is that if we know how we are supposed to run easy, and we see the reasons why we do not run as slow as we should, then maybe, just maybe, we can be brave enough to listen long enough to see the magic happen.

Here are the top 10 reasons why runners do not run easy in a shareable infographic. If you do not already follow us on Pinterest, you can find all kinds of running related posts by doing so.


10 Reasons Runner's Do Not Go Easy (When They Know They Should)


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We have given you everything you need. Why you need to run easy, what pace you should run at to run easy, and the possible reasons you could come up with for not doing so (and how to overcome those).

Hopefully now you will be able to listen to your body, take it easy on the days that are there for base building or recovery, and go chase down those PRs when it matters!

Did we miss any reasons? Why do you go faster than you should on your easy days?

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2 Responses on “10 Reasons Runner’s Don’t Run Easy (Even When They Know They Should)

  1. Jeff,

    I have just finished my first 18 mile run yesterday on my way training for my first marathon (RnR New Orleans). I have been using your runkeeper plan SUB 3:30. I notice that your long runs are 7:40-8:09 min/mile pace… all the way up to 20 mile long runs. I’ve always thought we were supposed to be running at least 30 seconds slower than the marathon pace. I notice your 3:45 plan suggests going at or above the marathon pace… whereas the 3:30 plan suggest going at or below the marathon pace. Was this a typo? I’m keeping up with the training but I’m thinking that I may be overtraining for my desired result. THanks a billion.

    Geoff Gillen

    • Hi Geoff, the run keeper plans were made a few years ago, and this article (and others on the topic) were written recently. You would be better off listening to our advice from this post, and running 30 seconds slower for the longer runs, except for the long runs you are using as a progression run. There will always be a few longer runs where you need to spend some time at marathon pace, and that is likely what the run keeper is talking about. I am sorry we cannot give you any more help, but that is what the individualized training plan would give you. We would love to have you on board as one of our athletes if you are going for that sub 3:30! Hopefully this helps, and it is great to see you are concerned with overtraining, very smart!

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