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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
5/19/12 5:47 P

Running on consecutive days, when adapted to running and ready for it, needn't necessarily even mean doing the same thing two days in a row.

Between the many types of running training out there, from fartlek and intervals to hills, to "easy" and "hard" and speed vs distance trainings, you can "run" two days consecutively while still doing "something different" on those days! :)

I wouldn't recommend it for you yet though. You are very new and it's probably not at all harmful to do that sometimes, sure. If you feel like a 4th jog one week go ahead! But not regularly - not until you consider yourself more of a "seasoned runner".

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
5/19/12 12:03 P

It takes a while for your leg muscles and tendons to adapt to the stresses and impact of running, and rest days is when the recovery and adaptation happens. You probably shouldn't consider running 5-6 days per week until you have at least 6 months solid running under your belt.

As Jen said, 4 days per week would imply consecutive days, while still getting plenty of rest days. But if you are struggling with 25 minutes, then your body may not (yet) be ready for this step.

If you can find some steep hills, walking can be a pretty reasonable workout, without the impact. Carrying some extra pounds in a backpack can be another way of increasing the intensity of walking.


SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
5/19/12 10:34 A

I run 4 or 5 days a week and because of that some are on consecutive days. I think it's good to take breaks and to do different workouts besides running. If I'm running on consecutive days, I try to do a lighter run on one of the days.

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5/19/12 8:13 A

During marathon training, I run 5 days a week, and if I have a week where I have to run on days other than my "usual" days, sometimes stuff will happen, for example, this past marathon cycle I ended up running 7 days in a row..but 7 was my absolute max, I was totally burned out by the end.

I alternate hard/easy days and never have hard workouts 2 days in a row.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 5/19/2012 (23:57)
EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
5/19/12 8:10 A

Thanks, Coach Jen. I do try to listen to my body. Nothing ever hurts, I just get winded and can't wait for the jog to be over when I've still got 10 minutes left, lol. It can be a real struggle to jog as long as I want to some days. Hopefully I will keep building up my endurance and it will get slightly easier soon!

EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
5/19/12 8:08 A

Archimedes, I have been jogging for about 2 to 3 months now. I am not doing a program, but I did read some great articles here on Sparkpeople, and I started by walking for a couple minutes, then jogging for a minute, and alternating that until I gradually built up how long I could run for. I also only ran every other day at the most. I only got to 25 minutes for the first time last week, and I've done a couple more 25 minute jogs since then, but I've also done only a 22 minute jog since then as well.

I do not have good shoes yet, I didn't want to invest in them until I knew jogging was something I would stick with. So now that I know I really do enjoy it and want to increase my time, I will find a good store and get fitted for proper running shoes.


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,544
5/19/12 6:32 A

I run 4 days a week, which means sometimes I go 2 days in a row. I think it's fine as long as you're feeling okay and slowly building up to that level. I wouldn't recommend running 6-7 days a week, but it sounds like you're paying too attention to your body and how you feel which is most important.

Coach Jen

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5/19/12 6:31 A

It depends on the person and their goals. There are plenty of runners who do run 6 days a week. Is this detrimental to their fitness ? Depends on their goals and how long they've been running. a person training for a 26.2 mile marathon has different needs than someone training for their first 5K.

If you are new to a regular running routine, you don't want to run every single day. You do want to slowly ease into a routine as your body increases it's endurance and stamina. If you try to do too much too soon, you're putting your body at risk for injury, fatigue and burn out.

Are you doing a Couch to 5K program to learn how to run ? If not, you should look into a Couch to 5K running program. It assumes no previous running experience and will literally take you from your couch to a 5K road race. this is a good way to learn how to increase your endurance as well as your distance, with time.

Also, were you fitted for a proper pair of running shoes before you started ? If you've recently started running, don't wear any old shoe. go to a reputable running store to be fitted for a good pair of shoes. while it might not seem a big deal right now, as you increase your distance, wearing the wrong shoe will cause problems with your feet, ankles, knees and hips. Thus the need to get fitted for a good pair of running shoes.

EEYORE2609 Posts: 240
5/19/12 1:04 A

I keep seeing advice to not run on consecutive days. But I know a lot of runners run 4, 5, or even 6 days a week. Is this really not good for you? Last week I ran 4 days because I just didn't feel like going to the gym, and I really wanted to run outside each day. I didn't hurt myself, or fatigue myself, or suffer any negative effects at all, but then again, I can only run up to 25 minutes, about 2.5 miles each time, so it isn't as if I am jogging for an excessive amount of time.

Just wondering if there were solid reasons not to run that much, or if it is ok when you are a mediocre runner, lol.

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