An Irishman Abroad

Irishman Running Abroad with Sonia O‘Sullivan: ”Why Running Easy Is So Hard” (Sonia‘s Guide To Getting Your Pacing Exactly Right)

November 30, 2021
Why do 99% of runners, including Sonia O’Sullivan, go too fast on their easy runs? Experts believe that 80% of your running each week should be done at a very easy conversational pace in order to build stamina and recover properly from harder sessions yet very few people actually stick within this pace window. Most will go a little too fast, some (like Jarlath) have gone so fast on their slow days that injury is just around the corner. This week Sonia explains why this simple piece of advice is so hard to take for so many people. How do you establish what your pace should be, why is Jack Daniels involved and is there anything to be said for listening to your heart and not the clock? This is a humdinger of a chat that will resonate with runners of all levels. There’s also a classic tip of the week, a trip around the parishes on Strava and a great listener letter about returning from injury.
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Supplementary research provided by John Meagher.
The Irishman Abroad Liveline is now open. You can now get in touch with us and feature on our shows by sending your WhatsApp voice note to 0044 7543 122 330. Why not pose a running question to Irish Olympic Legend Sonia O'Sullivan or ask our America Correspondent Marion McKeone her thoughts on a current talking point Stateside? Of course, if you have an issue with traffic or elephants on the loose in your area, Jarlath can do his best to sort that out too.
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