Rac­ing ev­ery run

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In­sta­gram posts stamped with the mileage and time cer­tainly look bet­ter with faster paces. How­ever, with­out re­cov­ery days, your body never has a chance to grow stronger af­ter those hard workouts, warns War­ren­burg. Plus, re­laxed-pace ef­forts build mi­to­chon­dria, tiny pow­er­houses in your mus­cles that process fat and glu­cose into the en­ergy you need to run, says Hamil­ton. Easy runs also strengthen ten­dons, bones and slow-twitch mus­cle fi­bres, the type that carry you be­yond short sprints.

IN­STEAD Limit hard run­ning to one or two days per week (with the hard­est miles count­ing for only about seven per cent of your weekly to­tal, Hamil­ton ad­vises). On other runs, you should be able to speak in full sen­tences with your run­ning bud­dies, says War­ren­burg. And if the pres­sure of go­ing pub­lic tempts you to pick up the pace, leave your watch at home or turn off your train­ing app on those days.

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