Welcome to another edition of Running Essentials Thursdays. If you missed the first two posts here’s what we covered.
Week 1: Muscle Tension Relief
Week 2: 10 Minute Core Workout for after your run
This week I’m tackling Amber’s question:
Amber, I’ve got good news! You don’t have to run 3 or 4 days in a row. What works for some people doesn’t work for others. There was a time when I use to run 5-6 days a week and now I only run 3-4 times a week. Depending on what your goals are it isn’t necessary to run 5 days a week.
One of my favorite resources is the book Run Less, Run Faster.
The important thing about running is that each run has a specific purpose. There is an appropriate time for every type of run (easy, fast, hill repeats, long slow distance, etc.). With training plans similar to the ones in this book, you can run three days a week and still run strong.
On the other hand if you really enjoy running multiple days in a row, I suggest starting out easy. Maybe you only run 2 or three miles on each run, but you run 3-4 days in a row. Slowly increasing your distance and setting each day aside for a specific type of run will help you eventually be able to run consecutive days.
What about you? How many days per week do you run? Have you tried a program similar to Run Less, Run Faster?