Heres a sparkpeople article bout running everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_t he_experts.asp?q=83
I dont know where the other one i read is or if it was part of a quiz but everyday running isn't the best option. Your body needs to recover. The other article which i can't find mentioned that your cardiovascular system adjusts faster than your muscles to workouts and activity such as running. so your muscles need time to adjust and rest in between. There are tons more articles here on sparkspeople about it so you can look it up. Especially being a beginner its very important to progress in a steady pace instead of jumping in and just trying to run everyday. plus you should also have days where you just do like strength training to build the strength for your body but also importantly your legs and condition them.
Hi everyone... I'm new to SP. I started this goal back on March 1st. To run 3+ miles EVERY day for 100 days. I am at day 65:) It is not always easy to find the time, I usually get up and run at 5am. But even on those crazy days, there have been a few that I run at 9pm just to GET IT IN! When I reach my crazy goal, I will be celebrating my 15 year anniversary. I often wonder if running every other day would be better, but I will see this goal to the end then start a new goal, perhaps every other day. Keep up the great work everyone.
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Susan, it took me a while before I ventured outdoors from my running. My first experience was when I was going to school up in Northern Minnesota and I was trying to run to my neighbor's mailbox - well, a couple of times on my attempt to run, I had a visitor - a fox would come out of the woods and sit down in the middle of the road and watch me. Not knowing what to expect - that brought me indoors.
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I have the same feelings about racing. Running for me has been completely about mental blocks. First one was that I could run at all. I've gotten past that. Next I don't run outside. I am completely chained to my treadmill! So of course that makes racing out of the question for now. Right now I find a lot of satisfaction in considering myself a runner.
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I read somewhere (I think Prevention.com) that running everyday is not a problem if it is short distance and a run you are comfortable doing. I currently run 4-5 days a week. But I pay attention to my body, if I start to get sore and not sleep well then I know I am over doing it and then slow down for a bit.
I want to do a race just for the experience of doing it but so far I cannot bring myself to sign up for one. I wish I had someone to run with then I think it will lessen the anxiety a bit.
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For me running in races was a personal challenge. It was something I never ever ever saw myself doing. I just didn't think I could. My former trainer and now friend and I were talking and she encouraged me to enter a race, the local Turkey Trot. I don't think you need to run races to be a runner. If I never ran another race I'd still run..and frankly I prefer to run alone, I like the solitude. One of the hardest parts of running in a race for me is running with other people. I think it might be that way until I've been running longer. I just started running in September consistently. I had run the year before but hurt myself and had to stop. I do have a goal to run a 10k this year and I'd like to be in good enough shape to do the Broad Street Run in May in Philly..it's 10 miler..but that may not happen.
Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm going to try running more often just shorter distances to see how it goes. I currently have been doing 2-3 miles 3 days a week. I'm going to try 2 miles 5 days a week and see how it feels.
One more question for you guys. What are your thoughts on racing versus not. My sister has been competing in 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons. She is trying to talk me into racing. I'm not sure. Your thoughts?
Right now I'm running every other day. I was running every day and while my body was really sore when I wasn't running I found the actual runs were a joy. I can't wait til I'm done with this program and weather is warmer so I can run again daily, even if it's a short distance. It just makes me feel better. Right now I work out 5 days a week..running 4 of those days. I do elliptical and other things and lift..but lately my lifting has fallen off.
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Runner's world imo has the best advice when it comes to running. I have a subscription. I started running in the summer 2008. Here is a link to information for beginners: www.runnersworld.com/channel/0,,s6- 380 -0-0-0,00.html and check out this training plan for beginners: www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120 ,s6 -380-381-386-9397-0,00.html "The training plan that follows is designed to get you to the point where you can run 30 minutes (about 2 miles) at a slow, relaxed pace. It's a simple, progressive program that begins with more walking than running, and gradually evolves into more running than walking. Each week's plan also includes a motivational quote and a training tip. Once you are able to run 2 miles nonstop, you can decide on your next goal. You might simply want to continue running 2 miles at a time, three or four days per week. Research has shown that this is enough to help you lose or maintain weight, and improve many other important health markers, i.e., your cholesterol, blood pressure, and insulin response. Or you might decide that you want to do more, in which case you can consult the many training programs offered by our online SmartCoach tool. Don't be intimidated by these programs. The first 2 miles are the hardest 2 miles you will ever run. Once you have reached this level of fitness, it's relatively easy to do more. You simply have to budget the time, and be patient and disciplined in your training."
I run every other day and cross train (elliptical, bike) on my off days.
Edited by: LADYLOVECHILD at: 1/8/2010 (09:57)
"Do good and don't worry to whom." - Mexican Proverb
It is better to give your body time to adjust or learn to run. This is done when you are not running. One day running, the next day cross-training and 'strengthening' those joints, ligaments, muscles used during running.
That being said I run everyday. I have been for a while. I started running under 2 years ago. So, listen to your body.
Everyone who runs tells me my style is an injury waiting to happen.
When I start training for a marathon in May I will not run everyday. This is why I call my running right now, 'junk' running. :)
What is everyone's opinion on running everyday versus every other day? I'd like to get more miles in but I'm thinking of running a shorter distance everyday other than a longer distance every other day. As always time is my issue. Any suggestions?
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