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Old 02-04-2013, 06:22 AM   #1
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How many days off?

I use to be a long distance runner up until I got pregnant with my oldest (about 8ys ago) and I am just now getting back into it. I would run 6days a week... I have started back doing 5days a week, but really have a hard time NOT running that second day off (it is very therapeutic for me)... but I don't want to over do it and injure or set-back.

So, when starting back into a program, how important is making yourself take days off?

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Old 02-04-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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I run when it feels good, or even if I'm only slightly sore. I typically do a 5mi /36min run six days a week, then come home and lift. It's definitely a good feeling! So if you're up to it, I'd say, do it!
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:47 AM   #3
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If you aren't feeling sore then I'd run. Maybe make one of the days an easier run or an easier course? When I was strictly running I was running 6 days a week, sometimes even 7. Usually I only did 6 though. I was also only running 3 miles a day so if you are running more than that you might need an extra day. I'd say just listen to your body.
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Yes, listen to your body! If you feel up to running, by all means do it! If you start getting too sore, then you can slow t down a bit.
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Re: How many days off?

Awesome! I was hoping to get this kind of encouragement! I actually have been easing back into it, not really pushing myself too hard. So, I haven't had any soreness at all, I just wasn't sure if there was a stead fast rule on *needing* to rest a few days per week in the beginning. I really feel so much better (physically, mentally and even emotionally) when I get the "me" time.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:20 AM   #6
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As long as you're doing maintenance and not tempos, speed work or fartleks, you can run as often as you want. If you're training for a race and pushing yourself (for speed or distance) rest days and cross training become essential to prevent injury.
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