>I am just getting started, although I ran years ago, and I have a question
>about running everyday vs. skipping days. Some of what I've read talks
>about only running every other day but it doesn't explain what the benefit
>of this is or why it would be preferable to running everyday. Can
>anyone give me information on this?
>I have generally felt like running everyday and actually look forward to
>it, but I don't want to do too much and end up not able to continue. I
>would also like to maximize the conditioning I get from the activity.
Here's a straight scientific-type answer. <I'm not a scientist, nor do I play on
What you are doing when you exercise is stressing the body's systems - muscles,
lungs, heart, etc. When these systems are stressed, they react (during rest) by
re-building themselves STRONGER to cope with the anticipated additional stress.
That's how you get stronger and manage to run further and faster over time.
Rest (recovery) is an essential element. You have to give the body the chance to
rebuild itself. For beginners, this usually involves a day of rest between runs.
As you get stronger, you can cut the rest days down. Many <most?> runners still
keep at least one rest day. <Especially us old farts.>
What happens if you don't give the body time to recover? A downward spiral and
increased risk of injuries.
Each persons need for rest varies, but to improve, you have to give your bod a
chance to recover. For beginners, this almost always means alternate days off.
Mike "TriBop" Tennent