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2. Recover With The Right People At The Right Place
If you train most of the time with a competitive group of friends, then consider avoiding them on your easy day. Runs that start out slow with competitive training partners can accidentally end up in all-out, completely unplanned races at the end. So on your easy days, either run by yourself or go out with friends who are much slower than you are.
Another thing to try out is to run an unknown course on your recovery day so you simply enjoy the scenery. Coach Greg McMillan of McMillan Running does this with his athletes so that they can’t use known time markers on certain familiar routes.