I managed to get out of bed again today to run. I was out the door by 6 and did a slow 4 miles. I don’t know what’s going on with my legs lately, but I felt like I had cinderblocks attached to them. My pace was the slowest it’s been in months – even though I’m not running crazy mileage (I only ran 13 miles this week!) . It’s frustrating because I worked SO hard to get faster and I’m already losing it. *whine*
As I was having a pity party for myself, I realized that there has to be SOME advantages to running slow. So, I looked it up and I was right…
- Running at slower speeds is more productive in terms of body weight loss and maintenance than faster running.
- Slow running is very good at developing the blood supply capillary system which will get fresh blood to your muscles more efficiently when you do run fast.
- Slow running helps us lay down glycogen more efficiently for latter use.
- Slow running exposes us to the stress of gentle continuous running which strengthens our bones, joints, and ligaments preparing them for the rip tear bust world of fast running.
- Slow running typically results in fewer injuries
Now, slow is a relative term. It all depends on your fitness and training. My fast is considered slow to MANY people. My slow is also fast to MANY people. I can’t compare my running to anyone else – but me.
So the next time you feel like you’re having a slow week or you think it’s a waste of an effort to run because you’re not fast — remember that slow runners are awesome too — and just get out there and RUN!