(Closed) Another running question

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

When I was training for a race, I’d run 3-5 miles on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and a long run on Saturday. I didn’t create my own training plan, but I know the idea behind running 3 consecutive days is to make you stronger with more stamina. Running on back to back days is part of the plan. So I think you could definitely run 5 days a week if you feel comfortable with it.

I never stretch before I run, only after. I start running slowly to warm up. I always make sure to do a bunch of stretches for my IT band (just google it to find the stretches) afterwards, as well as all the other stretches. Just listen to your body and maybe take it slow 2 of the 5 days.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can definitely run on consecutive days.  A good rule of thumb is not to increase your weekly mileage by more than 10%.  So if you’re currently running 10 miles a week next week you should try for 11.  Increasing slowly will help prevent injuries.

I’ve been a runner a long time and used to run 6 days a week, just listen to your body and if you need a rest day take it. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I run two days in a row all the time.  I think two in a row is great, three is acceptable.  I’ve occasionally gotten away with four, but generally after 2 or 3 in a row, I take off and do an upper body weights day.

I think five days a week should be fine.  As far as tips for avoiding injury, try a foam roller.  That’s this sort of thing:

 

You can use it to roll out and stretch muscles like your IT bands and calves.  It hurts like an mf-er but it really helps me… by reducing soreness in those areas, I end up getting less knee pain.  It also gets rid of that “ow, my hip is popping out” feeling.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

I just bought a new pair of (expensive!) running shoes at a running specific store.  The store owner told me not to wear them everyday; he said they need a day off between runs for the cushioning to decompress.  If you run everyday maybe you should buy a second pair of running shoes so you can switch shoes every day?

Also, what about adding/substituing a day of cross training or weight training into your schedule?  That should help prevent injury by keeping your muscles balanced.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mightywombat: I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about.  It feels like I’m out of my socket but I think it’s actually just muscle pain stretching things in a way that feels disjointed. 

I just have a list of exercises a trainer taught me, but this shows basically what I do for the IT band that fixes that popping feeling (beware: it’s supposed to hurt and does).  I googled “foam roller stretches” and a bunch of sites, including videos came up… I’m at work and cant’ watch to see which one shows it, but you should have some luck if you’re looking for a visual.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1993

I run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays (See the ‘Running 100 miles thread for a full breakdown, but it’s normally just under 4 miles each time). If pushed through circumstance, I can run on consec days, but I prefer not to. I was always told not to, but it’s totally possible. Personally (And obviously we are all different) I like the days off in between!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think everybody is different and if you are fairly young, you probably won’t have problems running consecutive days.  Just be cautious and listen to your body.  If you start to feel twinges here and there, you may be better off running every other day.  Running, as much as I love it, can be hard on the body at times.  Not every person can take the beating on a daily basis.  I haven’t been able to run consecutive days for 10 years now.  I hate it, but I have found that if I run every day, I am FAR more injury prone (but then again, I am in my thirties.)  But like I said, just listen to your body if you start to notice pains/injuries.

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