What is a Recovery Run? A true recovery day should not be hard in the slightest. You should be training at a pace that you are barely breathing hard and could maintain a short conversation. Despite how good you feel when running easy, you should not push the pace on a recovery day; otherwise you are defeating the purpose of the workout. How fast should a recovery run be? Typically the pace should be around 50-60% of your max and your heart rate should be low. You should be able to maintain a conversation and your efforts should be controlled and generally feel easy. ...