Recovery after running, or any kind of workout for that matter, is extremely important to avoid any injuries. There are different ways of recovery after running: Passive and active recovery and just as the names reveal, passive recovery is about not exercising at all and with a higher focus on resting. Active recovery is more about continuing training, but at a lower level than usual.
As mentioned before, passive recovery is about not exercising at all. The name itself can be perceived as misguided, as you rest rather than recover. Instead of exercising, you could chill in front of your favorite Netflix series for example. Something that is important to consider when doing passive recovery is not to do it for too long. You have probably experienced the feeling after a less active holiday, how difficult it is to get into “work mode” again – it works in the same way with exercise and passive recovery.
It is during active recovery that the word recovery really comes to its right element. As mentioned earlier, active recovery is about continuing the training – on a lower level. For example, you could run at 70-80% instead of 100%. As a runner, you can choose a different work out on your resting days, such as yoga, lightweight training, or massage.