Friday, April 22, 2011
The reason that I was thinking I should not run two days in a row is because I read the book, "Running Until You're 100" by Jeff Galloway. (I'm really suppose to underline a book title, aren't I? But I don't know how to do it in SP. Anyone?) He advocates for more and more rest time between runs as you age. For someone in their early 60's he recommends 3 runs a week with at least a day in between. By the way I'm feeling, I think this recommendation is good for me, so at least for now, I'm planning to follow it.
He also advocates for walk breaks in between the running. I'm not crazy about walking breaks for a 3.1 mile 5K run and I think I prefer straight running for a 6.2 mile 10K run. Any longer than that, I'd probably go with the walking breaks. For my speed (estimated at 9 minutes per mile), he advocates 2 minutes of running followed by 30 seconds of walking throughout the event. At this point, I'm glad I know that is an option. Perhaps on a very hot day or when I'm not feeling as good, I'll do it. But for now, when I run, I want to run!!