NANLEYKW got it dead right - running is a hard form of exercise, both in terms of the actually act of running and also the effect it has on the body, especially a beginner.
I have been running for many years, but still have days when my legs feel like lead. In that case, I have to do something else because I know if I head out for a run then I shall only live to regret it, either because of total fatigue or, even worse, injury.
Build up slowly and gradually - you'll reap the benefits in the long run (no pun intended there!) and your body will thank you for it.
Good luck - enjoy your running but stay safe!
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74 5/6/13 12:05 P
As a P.S. strength training is a good activity that improves endurance. It works on metabolic pathways that help endurance activities.
One big thing to watch is energy levels. Glycogen can take a few days to build up, so depleting it daily only lasts so long before you crash.
I have a long ride this weekend, so am to the point of preparing for that. After my rest period, I will be back at regular intensity, but the amount of riding I do will be low, specifically to protect my glycogen stores for the coming long ride. The day prior will be a rest day with about 1000 extra calories of carbs that evening to load up for the event.
Edited by: BEEZAUR at: 5/6/2013 (12:05)
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5/6/13 12:01 P
I would definitely say to rest today. I'm not sure how long you've been running, but if it's less than 6-12 months, you should always take a rest day in between running days, as your body needs that time to recover from the high-impact work. As a side note, depending on how much faster and longer you ran, you might be increasing your effort too much too quickly. The general guideline is to increase mileage or speed by about 10% per week to avoid injury.
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5/6/13 11:39 A
I agree with the other posters. Take a rest or easy day or do a different type of workout. If you go ahead and give your legs a break now, your workout tomorrow will be better, too instead of just an okay workout today because you're still sore.
It's always more important to listen to your body and do what feels right than it is to strictly follow a schedule or workout program.
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74 5/6/13 11:23 A
I'm a cyclist, but . . .
When my legs are sore I take an easy day. I find my strength and endurance improve faster when I give my muscles rest days when they ask for one.
Saturday I did my longest ride for a while, an actual training ride. Sunday was about half that, but still twice my usual daily ride, which is an errand run to town and back. Legs are pretty tired now. Today's ride will be just my usual, at a pretty easy pace.
Edited by: BEEZAUR at: 5/6/2013 (11:26)
5/6/13 11:12 A
You could work on other muscles and give your feet a break. I usually find that doing the same exercise at a less intensity eases my DMS. In the end, listen to your body
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5/6/13 8:52 A
I jogged faster and longer the past 2 days and my legs are slightly more sore than normal, I feel it when I'm walking. My typical rest day is usually after 3 days of jogging/walking, but I'm wondering if I should rest today since my legs are more sore than usual and jog tomorrow, or if I should jog today and rest tomorrow, to stick to my routine. Which would benefit me more?
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