I've never loved "recovery runs". They're usually on days when I'm tired out from doing a long run the day before.
I've turned them into an opportunity -- to exercise my dogs.
I have two retired racing greyhounds. This is Gold. He is 8 years old. Once upon a time, he chased a stuffed rabbit around a track. Now he chases me as I shuffle through the neighborhood.
And this is Curves. She is 6 years old. She is a greyhound, but at her petite size of 51 pounds, she was never a racer.
We stop a lot. We sniff and pee and poop on things (well, I don't do those things, but my dogs do). We say hello to other dogs in the neighborhood. And overall, we have a good time.
The dogs are great companions. They get my mind off of worrying about my pace. They remind me of why I run -- to escape, to feel good, to free my mind of stress and obligations.
And when they are exercised, they are happier.