Triathlon plan recovery weeks - maintain or drop intensity on runs?

In the triathlon plan recovery weeks, generally intensity is dropped on the bike but maintained with reduced volume on the runs. Is there a reasoning behind this? Should running be treated differently?

Generally, I would think of maintaining intensity to taper but dropping intensity to recover, except if you’re feeling fresh towards the weekend (as suggested by TrainerRoad) or possibly earlier using one of the endurance workout alternatives that throw in no more than a few sprints. To me, keeping intensity would not allow full recovery and, particularly with running, risk injury.

Might be better to email support or put the question to the podcast.

Generally speaking, reducing load is the aim of recovery weeks and that can be done either by time or intensity so I have no problem with the approach. You generally want to maintain form in recovery weeks anyway.