Do you have a rest period in between days of running?

  • suedeheadscot

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    Feb 28, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    I normally take a days rest but glancing over a couple of running programs lately they recommend running a few days on the trot. I'm not keen on this (mainly because I can still do some weights on my days off and maintain my top half). Do you runners run a few days together or ensure you take a day off in between?
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    Feb 29, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    Well, what is the purpose of your running? Are you running purely for fun? Training for a race? For cardio or a bit of variety in between lifting?
  • DanOmatic

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    Feb 29, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    I used to run every day, but since turning 40 I find that it's more than enough to run 3-4 times a week, max. Usually one long easy run, one shortish tempo run, one maintenance run, and maybe a run at the track or hills.
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    Feb 29, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    I see to it that i run about every 4 days. im not a big runner as im trying to bulk up
  • suedeheadscot

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    Mar 01, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    runnerza saidWell, what is the purpose of your running? Are you running purely for fun? Training for a race? For cardio or a bit of variety in between lifting?


    Sorry for delay in replying, I forgot I posted this!!! The purpose of my running will be to train for another half marathon at some point, probably in June. Right now I'm doing 3 7-mile runs a week, and I'm also at the gym in between, working on my upper body to keep the definition I have!
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    Mar 01, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    When runnign a reasonably small weekly distance like that, it won't matter if you run on consecutive days providing you get enough sleep and rest inbetween.

    As you increase your mileage towards your half marathon, you might want to rethink this though. Most programmes will have you doing one 'longer' run per week (probably up to 10 or 11 miles ) as you get a little nearer to the race and I would recommend that you do not do these after running the previous day.

    Good luck!
  • suedeheadscot

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    Mar 02, 2012 8:08 AM GMT
    Thanks for your help guys!
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    Mar 02, 2012 10:45 AM GMT
    That training will definitely get you over the finish line, but an extra day or two per week would probably get you fitter so that you'll enjoy the race more.

    But if this is what makes the training most enjoyable for you, I can't argue with the approach.

    Trying to do too much or pushing hard can putt people off running. It is much better to train in the way that's most fun for you. Good luck.