Amazing benefits of EASY RUNNING!!

July 14, 2022

Nick Hancock

OK, we’ve seen it a million times now all over the internet and social... But why do runners, at all levels, often go out too hard too often? In this enlightening blog post, we unravel the mystery and explore the incredible benefits of easy running. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced runner, understanding the importance of pacing yourself and incorporating easy runs into your training routine can revolutionise your performance. Join us as we dive deep into the science and logic behind easy running and uncover how it can improve your endurance, prevent injuries, and elevate your overall running experience. Get ready to embrace the power of running smarter, not harder, and unlock the hidden potential of easy running.

Slow Running a runners missed opportunity

I get it, it’s fun to run fast but by doing so runners miss out on the single biggest opportunity to get faster and run longer!!.🧐 Without going too deep into the health benefits and science (mitochondrial function, capillary density, et al), running at an easy effort for a significant amount of time (roughly 80% of our weekly volume is the consensus and substantially backed by science) will give our bodies the opportunity to develop our aerobic base, the foundation upon which endurance running is built upon πŸ’ͺ🏻.

The benefits of easy Running

Runners who take the time to invest in building a strong aerobic base benefit from:

βœ… Stronger aerobic function meaning you can run faster and longer with less effort

βœ… Reduced fatigue

βœ… Reduced chance of injury

βœ… More chance to work on form and technique (even when running slower!)

βœ… Those speed sessions (the other 20%) will be more like a treat and you will be able to give them more hammer!…

The list goes on!.

Throw your ego away and run easy!


The benefits of easy running are undeniable. By unraveling the mystery of why runners often go out too hard, we've shed light on the transformative power of incorporating easy runs into your training routine. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced runner, understanding the importance of pacing yourself and building a strong aerobic base can revolutionise your performance. By prioritising easy running, you unlock a world of advantages, including stronger aerobic function, reduced fatigue, decreased risk of injury, and opportunities to refine your form and technique. So, let go of your ego, embrace the power of running smarter, not harder, and seize the immense potential that comes with easy running. It's time to elevate your running to new heights and experience the true benefits of easy running firsthand. Don't forget to read our blog on tips for a marathon training plan.


Author: Nick Hancock is a UESCA Certified Ultrarunning coach and UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) and has coached many busy professionals and parents to achieve finishes, top-10s and podiums in events such as London Marathon, Manchester Marathon, Amsterdam Marathon, UTMB, UTS, Centurion events, Endure24, Backyards and many more. Host of the Maximum Mileage Running Podcast and author of the Ultimate Cookbook for Runners

He can be found on Instagram @runwithnick

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