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Ellsbird1 Pro 67 posts since
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Oct 14, 2009 11:07 AM

Am I running too much?

(or not resting enough)?

 

My longest distance running is 3.1 miles, but I have run for as many as 5 days in a row at that distance (outside and in the FL heat).  The first time I did this it was an anomaly, but now I am finding myself feeling guilty if I don't run this nearly everyday, despite the fact that I recognize I need a rest, know that recovery is important, know that I will ultimately have a better run if I recover a bit.  Today, for example, I determined I would take a break from running (ran Sat, Mon, Tues) and do a weights workout instead, but now my brain is telling me to run instead because I know I will get a much harder workout this way.

 

Anyway, I am wondering if, since I am doing a relatively short distance, I am OK, or should I be limiting myself to "x" days per week?

 

Thanks!





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  • bellsway Legend 343 posts since
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    1. Oct 14, 2009 1:34 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    There are folks who run every day and others who need a break.  The rule of thumb is hard day/easy day.  That gives you recovery time.  The biggest problem most folks have is the easy day.  There was an article in Runners World years ago that said your easy day should feel like you want to put a bag over your head so your friends don't see you going that slowly HA.  One way to check is to look at your hard day on the 3rd day.  If you can't keep the pace of  your 1st day or you are more fatigued then you're probably not going easy enough on that 2nd day.  Cross training, like biking or swimming or even walking, is also a good way to still workout and not overuse those running muscles.  Remind yourself that if you push it too hard, you'll end up injured and then be out of commission for quite a while.




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  • caesar_august Pro 85 posts since
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    2. Oct 14, 2009 2:44 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    According to the articles that I've read, as long as you're not increasing your mileage more than 10% a week, you should be ok.  But I agree with the bellsway, that said if you're not running as fast as you did on the day before you may be overworking yourself.




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  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    3. Oct 14, 2009 4:51 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?

    I like Bellsway's answer.

     

    The only thing I might add is, while we may at times run in groups, running is very much an individual pursuit, and how much, how far, how often,  how fast, and other questions, have very different answers for each of us. There are a lot of personal factors that affect the answers to those questions. Know your body and listen to it.





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  • spicegeek Community Moderator 2,563 posts since
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    4. Oct 14, 2009 6:33 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?

    As most people have pointed out as long as you increased your weekly milage slowly you are not putting yourself at undue risk of injury.

     

    However weather running the same distance every day is the optimal way to train is another question all together - you will likely see more improvement in performance by mixing up the paces and distances of your runs.

     

    Also if running 3 miles is a harder workout than your weight training regime - you need to rethink your weight training program !!






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  • Urbster Legend 760 posts since
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    5. Oct 14, 2009 7:25 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    You know how you know  you're running too much....it's when something hurts, not just sore it goes up a level from that.  I say if it feels like you want to run and your body is not saying STOP then go ahead.  Be careful though, because when I first started all I wanted was to run everyday farther and farther and when I did my 4 mile loop it was fine, even in my $20 walmart sneakers, but then I got ahead of myself and added more and more miles and got in trouble.  If you want to run then run,  just be willing to rest when you know you should and make sure you're in the right gear too. 
  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    7. Oct 15, 2009 1:00 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    Resistance training can burn as many or more calories as runnng in a set time period, depending on how you do it. A benefit of resistance training is that your metabolic rate is elevated for a longer period of time after the workout than after running, thus total calories burned can be greater.




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  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    9. Oct 15, 2009 1:26 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?

    It is not a matter of how much you lift. The days I lift heavy weights, I actually burn less calories than the days I lift light.

    It is a matter of intensity and maintaining it over a period of time. You should be doing a circuit routine, involving the major muscle groups, with weights that allow for 20-25 repetions per set.

    Being "a gal just trying to stay strong and maintain muscle mass" does not conflict with this, rather it requires that you do follow a resistance routine in addition to running.





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  • winkirun Amateur 38 posts since
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    10. Oct 15, 2009 6:57 PM (in response to Run Coach Robert)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    I agree with you, HardCoreTrainer!  I am "just a gal" as well....a 47-year-old gal, and laugh if you want, I was a member of Curves where I nearly broke those machines working out.  I burned serious calories on Curves circuit.  I quit curves to join a gym that had treadmills so I could continue running in inclimate weather (I live in Florida, and a 106-degree heat index is inclimate in my book).  Anyway, my muscles and my running has suffered some because of the lack of circuit training I was getting from when I was working out a Curves.  Also, the hydraulics were easier on my joints than the dead weights.  Anyway, the point is, you can burn some serious calories in the gym if you really go at the light weights with lots of reps.  My advice is to skip a run or two and see if you can substitute some weight training that is comparable in metabolic burn and that offers muscle-building advantages.




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  • spicegeek Community Moderator 2,563 posts since
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    11. Oct 15, 2009 8:15 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    if you think you can`t burn as muhc weight training as you do running for 30 mins ... try 30 mins of kettlebell drills ...





    NYC Marathon          Nov 1 2009     -   4:03:13 ( 9:17 mm )

    NYC Half Marathon   Aug 16 2009   -   1:55:38 ( 8:49 mm )

    1 mile -  7:07                             10K     - 52:58 ( 8:32 mm)

    4 mile - 31:35 ( 7:53 mm)          8K      - 42:28 ( 8:32 mm)

    15K -     1:22:02 ( 8:49 mm)

    Find the Half Marathon Team on FACEBOOK

  • Kaenman Pro 60 posts since
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    12. Oct 15, 2009 8:20 PM (in response to Ellsbird1)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    Last night my kids were sick so I went out at 1:00am to find a 24 hour pharmacy.  There was somebody running!  At midnight!




  • caesar_august Pro 85 posts since
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    14. Oct 19, 2009 1:20 PM (in response to Kaenman)
    Re: Am I running too much?
    In Vegas where 120 is the high during the day, the only time I'm able to run is at night.




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