>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!!!
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.
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