I usually do circuit/strength training on Monday/Friday and Yoga on Wednesday...then it is running on T/Th/Saturday. Sunday is my only day where I truly "rest" and do nothing. I actually added yoga in because it has made a difference in stretching a lot of the muscles that tend to be tight from running so it's made a big difference in allowing me to remain injury free.
I think it's okay to run every day as long as you are making your "rest" days be that...a much slower pace with lots of walk breaks. Just do like you said, and listen to your body! :-)
Thanks, I like the idea of just building up beating my 5k time every run. I'm not fast and not really looking to be fast really, but the working at it for a year seems like a plan :) I'm still not sure how to go about with the "rest" days though, because I feel less motivated to get out and run if I haven't run the day before, if that makes sense. What if I just kept the "rest" days to a much less "intense" run and kept it at a shorter run/walk for those days? Would that be ok? I realize that rest periods are necessary for the body to recuperate, and I'm sure there will be days when I can't actually go for my run or days when I have to listen to my body and not run, but if I don't rest everyday it won't affect the result much will it? I'm not looking for results faster, I just know my mind frame and my motivation needs constant action for it to believe in anything. What do you lady's do on your rest days? I've heard that you are supposed to incorporate strength training into your non cardio days, is this true?
Congratulations on finding a new activity that you enjoy and want to improve upon! I do have to say that it really is different for everyone and all depends on what you are comfortable with and what your end goals are. I think as you start out, the best thing to keep in mind is that your body needs time to "learn" this new activity...in the case of running, it needs time to strengthen the joints and muscles/tendons required for running and staying injury free.
So even though you may be able to go faster, you shouldn't necessarily push for faster just yet. Most conventional running wisdom suggests that you just do it, with a day in between for rest, for at least 6 months to 1 year before adding in a speed element.
Best wishes to you as you continue on this journey and hope you enjoy the road along the way!
I'm just returning to Spark People and exercise. I have a very hard time keeping motivated. Just recently though I discovered running outside. I've never really considered myself a "runner" more of a biker, but I have been taking my dog on 10pm runs lately, starting with 1.5 km on my first run to 5km in 42 minutes only 4 days later . Now I'm trying to figure out what a good pace for a daily run is. I understand that intervals are a good way to build up your stamina but I'm afraid that if I cut my pace I wont be able to pick it back up. I've figured out how to breathe properly while running, it makes such a difference! I guess my overall question is what should I work towards?
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