Thanks for all the great feedback. I guess I should clarify that with my work schedule I don't always run 3 or 4 days a week. Some weeks I do run every other day, some not so much. It might not be as big a deal if I run two days in a row but then take two off.
For runners who have been consistently running less than a year, a day between each run is important for recovery and injury prevention. I have been running off and on for about 3 years and I still only run every other day....3 days one week, 4 the next. On non-running days, some sort of aerobic/strength combination and one day of rest.
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Occasionally I'll run back to back but the second day is much smaller. With starting at 52 to run...I'm listening to my body and usually run 3 - 4 days a week with breaks in between where I cross train. One full day of rest. Usually do a long run on the weekend. So far....so good!
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It is recommended for a day off your first year at least. I have been running more than a year and some days I feel I can run the next day, others not. If you have been running over a year, I would go by how your body feels.
I'm interested in answers to this question too. I've been running almost 5 months and I feel ready to increase from 3 to 4 days a week and later I would like to increase to 5 days whenever it feels right. I've been reading a lot of running forums and other websites and they all seem to encourage running more than 3 days a week but everything I've read on Spark advises just sticking with 3 days. So I'm not really sure why. I'd be interested in the evidence base for choosing the number of training days.
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I've been told to do other cross-training in between runs. Something less impactful like elliptical or cycling. Having said that I've run two consecutive days on occasion and then skipped a day and ran again and it does take a lot out of you. Or it does me. I find I rarely have much in the tank on that third run, even with the day of rest. Just from my own experience, I'd keep to what you're doing every other day.
I have those same urges to run consecutive days, but I "Resist" the urge. Everything I have read tells me every other day and sometimes more, depending were you are in your training. Your muscles need time to recover/repair. You can do permanent damage if you run everyday. You could walk instead of running or find aerobic exercises for the upper body such as rowing etc. Here is a great link: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness _a rticles.asp?id=1381&page=2
Just a question on how people feel about daily running. I have always kept to a every other day schedule for my running, never running two consecutive days in a row. It has served me well but there are times I would like to be able to run more than every other day. Just cause I enjoy running above and beyond any other cardio I do. Is this a bad idea? What do people think? Is there a point at which is ok to run every day?
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