28 Dec '17, 11am

⭐️ Best of Salty Running 2017 ⭐️ Your easy runs? Probably too fast. https://t.co/pAsfMGOFSN

The engine metaphor is oversimplified, but it gets the point across. When we strengthen our aerobic systems, lots of exciting things happen that will improve our running performance. When we run at an easy pace, our bodies use more fat in our muscles for fuel instead of glycogen (sugar). Generally, we’ll burn 70% fat and 30% carbohydrates when we run easy. But as we increase our pace, that proportion shifts to eventually favor glycogen over fat. When our bodies run out of glycogen in the marathon, we know this as “hitting the wall” or bonking. So teaching our bodies to use fat more effectively and for longer periods of time is a good thing, particularly for marathoners!

Full article: http://www.saltyrunning.com/the-easy-run-the-why-and-how/

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