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In reply to ZORBS13 "Occasionally I'll do some restorative yoga on my rest day, or add another short ST session before a run." Do you mean that you sometimes use your rest day to strength train before a run? If so, I am confused at why you call it your rest day.
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 2/8/2018 (01:11)
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Thank you for your great question. I love to run. So the answers you received help me. I used to be a personal trainer, mainly with weights. So when I started running I knew importance of rest day but didn't know how to train properly. I personally think having a running coach is a fantastic investment.
I run 2 days per week, swim 2 days per week, bike 2 days per week, and lift 2 days per week (one of those is also a swim day, one is also a run day)
I have one full rest day, Friday, as I do a "long" run on Saturday (long for me is 4-6 miles of running, sometimes with walking to push the mileage up to 10).
I've been doing this combination of exercising consistently for 2 years. I had a 1-year break prior to that, and before that 3 years of basically the same pattern, though I've upped my time and speed on all 3 sports.
I do triathlons, though, and I identify primarily as a triathlete, not a runner.
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I think variety is important, both for injury prevention and a well-rounded fitness program. I typically recommend no more than 4-5 days of running weekly. Use those other days for other kinds of cardio or just a full-body strength program.
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I have always been a 3 day a week runner, even at my fittest. My body revolts if I run more than that. Also, my running has evolved into more of a run/walk interval thing as I have severe osteoarthritis in my left knee. Doing the intervals keeps my knee a bit happier.
On my non running days, I cross train with things like strength training, other cardio like walking, elliptical, biking, and/or classes at my gym. I generally take only one rest day per week.
On the rare occasion I have two races in one weekend, I know one will have slower splits than the other. Then I will pay for it on Monday. LOL.
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