Re: How important is easy run pace?

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I would suggest mentally inserting the phrase “if you are able” after anything recommended — it may be something that one has to build to if one cannot handle it just yet. Another thing to note is that Lydiard had his runners do easy runs (jogs, really, in the 20-60 min. range) in the mornings which were classified as “supplementary running” and done at a very easy pace which would not be at all taxing and would merely serve to shake out the legs and did not count towards the training mileage. The corollary I would put with “you cannot run too slowly but you can run too fast” is simply to not make the run last longer than it really needs to.