Active Recovery

If we’re friends on Insta you may have seen this update from me yesterday:

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A real feel of 112*F (with 60% humidity). HOLY COW was I really glad that yesterday was an active recovery day and I didn’t need to hit the pavement to run.

I had a busy afternoon driving around for meetings and then Adam and I went out for a nice little dinner. By the time we got around to the gym it was pretty late and we were just about the only people there!


On active recovery days I like to keep it light so I just did the stationary bike (rolling hills, level 1) and then some stretching.

When I first started working with my new coach I asked if I could do strength training on active recovery days, but she says that it’s best to keep recovery days truly all about recovery. Instead, I’m doing a full body strength day after speedwork. This formula hasn’t been easy (and I’m not even doing hard speedwork right now), but I am interested in seeing how it all works out.


I got all caught up on my NBA free agency news while riding out the hills :). I feel pretty good about the chances of D Wade resigning with the HEAT pretty quickly… and you know I’m excited about Dragić resigning down here!


And because I am obsessed with checking the weather and complaining about how hot it is outside I decided to check more one time (I swear I check the weather on my phone 15 times a day!).


A real feel of 93*F at 10pm!!!! I am SO glad that I didn’t have to go running!

To all of my fellow hot weather runner friends, isn’t this summer way worse than last year? Ugh!

Do you have an active recovery day built into your training schedule? What type of easy workouts do you do? 





  1. July 1, 2015 / 5:24 am

    We have had some really hot days but its also been weird with some cooler days thrown in as well. I like to do yoga on my active recovery days, especially since now I don’t have access to a gym.

  2. Susan
    July 1, 2015 / 6:39 am

    Wow–that is some toasty weather! I don’t do active recovery days. I run/bike/swim/weights 5 – 6 x per week and then a full rest day(s) where I do nothing. Not even a light walk w/ the dog because I know me and it would turn into a power walk. On my rest days I take advantage of that extra hour and bake or cook, get prepped for the week ahead, grocery shop. That is just what works best for me.

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:28 pm

      Oh you are a busy bee on your rest day! I take one full rest day and I do absolutely nothing 🙂 I spend as much time as possible on the couch relaxing with Adam and Cecil! haha

  3. July 1, 2015 / 9:19 am

    A full body strength workout after speed work seems like a lot! Speed work is really hard on your body, make sure you are taking it easy and giving your muscles time to really recover!

    Like Susan, I don’t really have designated days for active recovery – I work out 5-6 days and the other two are complete rest. I love my rest days. I’ve never been one of those athletes who has to resist the urge to do harder workouts during rest/recovery. I thought that was the best part of training! 🙂

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      Oh, I am so with you! Complete rest days are the best. I look forward to mine every week too… just like I look forward to the taper during training! haha

  4. July 1, 2015 / 9:36 am

    I agree, recovery should be recovery! (Not like we always feel like it, right!?) I enjoy YARD WORK on days I don’t run. As long as I don’t decide to chop down a tree or something it gives me something active to do without being too crazy.

    I can’t believe how hot it is down there! It has not been super hot here yet but it will get there. I hope, anyway! The only way I like to swim is when it is realllllly hot.

  5. July 1, 2015 / 10:19 am

    Wow! It makes me feel hot just thinking about a real feel of over 100….I don’t know how you do it, I really don’t!
    I believe active recovery is an awesome thing to do during training. Keeping our bodies moving is always better than being in a sedentary state.

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:30 pm

      Staci! I’m so excited to hear from you again!

      The weather here has been nightmare-ish. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the treadmill! :/

  6. July 1, 2015 / 11:58 am

    I am so jealous of your gym! My 10 hour days put me at the gym much later now and it crowded – I hate it. I think my strength work outs are going to be shorter for a few months.
    I always take at least one or two days a week and do nothing, but I am old…I still think nothing is good though, even if you are young 🙂 You will need it when that mileage increases!
    Yes, June was hotter here this year. This crap will last to September/October here, but it doesn’t really end for you 🙁

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      Oh no, I hate a crowded gym! Ours gets super crowded certain days in the 7-8pm hour but 9-10pm ensures an almost empty gym… although most nights I like to be getting ready for bed at that time!

  7. July 1, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    I’m really going to focus on my rest days and flex days this cycle. I usually don’t take them as serious and I need to dedicate myself if I’m going to finish the marathon.

    My plan has 2 rest days and 1 flex day. The flex day can be used for cross training or extra rest. I told Mrs Schlub I want to add in swimming. That will be my active recovery activity.

    • July 5, 2015 / 11:32 pm

      Swimming is such a great cross training activity! I find that it can be pretty intense though. The first couple of times I didn’t know how to pace myself doing laps and ended up totally out of breath every 30 seconds! haha

  8. July 1, 2015 / 2:29 pm

    Haha, I’ve been OBSESSING over checking the weather every 5 seconds too. I don’t know why I torture myself!!

  9. July 2, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    I use walking or yoga (less of that lately) for my active recovery. I suppose cycling nowadays too. I’ve been obsessed with the weather since training started – looking at the hourly weather reports. Forecast for tomorrow’s long run: cloudy!

  10. July 2, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Ok. I admit. I am SOO bad at active recovery days. I’ll tell myself, ‘Today is a recovery day,’ so I go do a big weights workout instead of running. #epicfail I need to get better about it. . . I really do.

  11. July 3, 2015 / 11:21 am

    We have already broken temperature records on multiple days this year. I can’t believe this HEAT!!! It has been over 100 degrees a few times in June and now we are looking at a hot July as well. Totally abnormal. At least we have dry heat. I couldn’t imagine the heat AND humidity combo. I sweat just thinking about it. Hope you survive this summer… just think, all that training in the heat will prepare you for anything in Chicago!