Newbie runner question...

Newbie runner question...

Post by ga.. » Sat, 27 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Hello,

I'm definitely a newbie runner (started running for weight loss on
April 1) and have a very basic question for you more experienced
runners.  I believe I've caught the running bug and have no problem
running 5k 5-6 days a week.  The problem is that on the days that I do
not run,        I feel kind of guilty that I'm not out there (although
my wife tells me I NEED to rest).  My question...Would my heart and
other muscles as well as my metabolism rate benefit more from running
5k every day or 10k every other day?  (Right now I run 10k 1-2 times a

Thanks in advance!!!

Gary

 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by Mike Tenne » Tue, 30 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hello,

>I'm definitely a newbie runner (started running for weight loss on
>April 1) and have a very basic question for you more experienced
>runners.  I believe I've caught the running bug and have no problem
>running 5k 5-6 days a week.  The problem is that on the days that I do
>not run,    I feel kind of guilty that I'm not out there (although
>my wife tells me I NEED to rest).  My question...Would my heart and
>other muscles as well as my metabolism rate benefit more from running
>5k every day or 10k every other day?  (Right now I run 10k 1-2 times a

>Thanks in advance!!!

>Gary

Gary:

The answer to your question lies in your objectives for running, which
you didn't tell us - along with your age, physical details,  and
athletic background. So it's hard to address your questions.

But first.... DO NOT feel guilty about rest. Your wife is right. Your
body needs the rest and recovery to grow stronger.

The kinds and lengths of workouts you do should be based on your
objectives. For simple general fitness,  three 5K runs a week would do
it for most people. If you want to race, other than an occassional
back-of-the-pack 5K, you need to get more mileage and more quality.

A "typical" week for an average competitive runner might include one
long run (10-15 miles at slow pace), one day of speed/track/interval
work, and two or three days of tempo runs (5-6 miles at a sustainable
"push"), one recovery run, and at least one rest day. The pace of
these workouts will vary by ability.

Some runners use alternate exercise as a way of "resting" while still
working out. I use a mile swim on Mondays as a "rest" day for my legs
after a hard weekend. Bicycling can work, unless you're training for
tri's and have to push those workouts, too. I have at least one real
rest day a week with no exercise.

You need to determine what your objectives are then set a training
plan to get there. Check out the various training plans in books, web
pages, etc, and try them till you find one that works for you.

Mike Tennent
WebRunner Running Page -- Southeast USA Race Calendar
FTP Race Apps, FAQ - Home of the WebRunner Racing Utilities
http://www.webrunner.com/webrun/running/running.html

 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by Jacques Therri » Sat, 03 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Hello,
>I'm definitely a newbie runner (started running for weight loss on
>April 1) and have a very basic question for you more experienced
>runners.  I believe I've caught the running bug and have no problem
>running 5k 5-6 days a week.  The problem is that on the days that I do
>not run,    I feel kind of guilty that I'm not out there (although
>my wife tells me I NEED to rest).  My question...Would my heart and
>other muscles as well as my metabolism rate benefit more from running
>5k every day or 10k every other day?  (Right now I run 10k 1-2 times a

>Thanks in advance!!!
>Gary

I know what you mean.  I often feel guilty during rest days as well.  You'll feel less guilty if you
do some other type of activity during rest days.  
Doubling up is extremely beneficial for a number of reasons.


 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by Robert Leukfel » Tue, 13 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>>Hello,
>>I'm definitely a newbie runner (started running for weight loss on
>>April 1) and have a very basic question for you more experienced
>>runners.  I believe I've caught the running bug and have no problem
>>running 5k 5-6 days a week.  The problem is that on the days that I do
>>not run,        I feel kind of guilty that I'm not out there (although
>>my wife tells me I NEED to rest).  My question...Would my heart and
>>other muscles as well as my metabolism rate benefit more from running
>>5k every day or 10k every other day?  (Right now I run 10k 1-2 times a

>>Thanks in advance!!!
>>Gary
>I know what you mean.  I often feel guilty during rest days as well.  You'll feel less guilty if you
>do some other type of activity during rest days.  
>Doubling up is extremely beneficial for a number of reasons.


Acrtually it is better to run 2 days and then take a day of
rest....and rest means rest.Just don't do anything and let your
muscellus take a rest too.Only when u want to run more km  a week u
can change your resting days.Momentary i run 6 days and take one day
rest.
Robert Leukfeldt
aka Netspider
http://www.noord.bart.nl/~robert
Assen,The Netherlands
 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by Trish Gaffn » Tue, 13 Aug 1996 04:00:00

Consistency is best I find, with only one longer run per week.  One
day of rest per week is essential.  It has taken me many years and
too many injuries that stop me from running until they heal to
understand that rest is as important as running to the body.  I
understand feeling "guilty" - but it is not "wise guilt" if you plan
to be in the running for a lifetime.

 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by jason papic » Fri, 16 Aug 1996 04:00:00

In training for a sub 3 hour marathon, I've hit a point where I can no
longer attain the standards of the two weekly scheduled speed-work
outs.  Tuesday, a warm up and cool down of 3miles in 23min with 7 X 800m
in 3minutes with a 2 min 400m between each.  Thursday the same warmup and
cool down and a pick up sandwhiched in the middle, 3 miles in 19minutes.  

inspiration?  How long does it take the symptoms to manifest themselves?  
How much rest do I need?

 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by jason papic » Fri, 16 Aug 1996 04:00:00

In training for a sub 3 hour marathon, I've hit a point where I can no
longer attain the standards of the two weekly scheduled speed-work
outs.  Tuesday, a warm up and cool down of 3miles in 23min with 7 X 800m
in 3minutes with a 2 min 400m between each.  Thursday the same warmup and
cool down and a pick up sandwhiched in the middle, 3 miles in 19minutes.  

inspiration?  How long does it take the symptoms to manifest themselves?  
How much rest do I need?

 
 
 

Newbie runner question...

Post by jason papic » Fri, 16 Aug 1996 04:00:00

In training for a sub 3 hour marathon, I've hit a point where I can no
longer attain the standards of the two weekly scheduled speed-work
outs.  Tuesday, a warm up and cool down of 3miles in 23min with 7 X 800m
in 3minutes with a 2 min 400m between each.  Thursday the same warmup and
cool down and a pick up sandwhiched in the middle, 3 miles in 19minutes.  

Quote:
>Consistency is best I find, with only one longer run per week.  One
>day of rest per week is essential.  It has taken me many years and
>too many injuries that stop me from running until they heal to
>understand that rest is as important as running to the body.  I
>understand feeling "guilty" - but it is not "wise guilt" if you plan
>to be in the running for a lifetime.


inspiration?  How long does it take the symptoms to manifest themselves?  
How much rest do I need?