There are two golden rules which answer this
common question. One must experiment
through trial and error to find the proper
balance (i.e. to see what woks for you).
(Rule 1) "Listen to your body."
(Rule 2) "Oftentimes you realize that you
have done too much; but by that
time, it is too late."
Translation: Just do what you are capable of.
If you feel good, then run as often as you like.
Although you really should try to get 1 or 2
rest days per week. What rule number two
means is; injuries are a sneaky thing.. sometimes
they sneak up on you. You might feel great,
running every day, then all of a sudden one
day you feel some strange ache or pain
somewhere.. Point being, if you feel any
pain or even moderate discomfort... take
a day off (or two) to recover; it might save
you from a potential injury.
Dont worry about the things like sore muscles...
You can keep training even if your muscles are
a little sore.... What you want to keep track of
is any strange pains in the tendons, or if your
bones (i.e. shin bone) aches, etc.. Aching
bones and tendons are also a common
thing, just like sore muscles... but its a bit
more serious than sore muscles, and so
for this reason you should take rest days
as you see fit. If you encounter no problems;
then keep on running...
Are you running the 5K only to prove your girlfriend wrong? Do you smoke pot
or anything else? I realize you only asked about recovering from running,
but the above sentence reveals some self-limiting aspects of your ability to
achieve full running potential. If this was a tongue-in-cheek comment, then
<stepping off of soap box>
The hard/easy method of training is the most important aspect of fitness
improvement. So you are correct in taking a day off in between runs.
Beginning runners especially need to take a day off because the mere act of
running is enough to stress the body to the point of needing complete
recovery. As you get more used to running, and it becomes easier for you,
replace a day off with and easy running day, replace one of the running days
with a faster paced day, and replace one of the running days with a longer
running day. This is all done very gradually and systematically so that the
body can get used to the stress and recovery without injury.
Keep reading this newsgroup for information and keep asking questions. Check
out some of the beginning runner programs such as http://www.newrunner.com/.
One of the best books for beginning runners is The Runner's Handbook by Bob
Glover (ISBN: 0140469303).
I didn't ask this question to have people tell me to quit smoking. I
already have a girlfriend that does that. As far as my "full running
potential", I'm not too worried about it. I went running yesterday and did
4.2 miles in 35 min. as long as I can keep at that pace, I don't care. I'm
not looking to win the race, just finish respectably. Thatnks for the other
><stepping off of soap box>
>I didn't ask this question to have people tell me to quit smoking. I
>already have a girlfriend that does that. As far as my "full running
>potential", I'm not too worried about it. I went running yesterday and did
>4.2 miles in 35 min. as long as I can keep at that pace, I don't care. I'm
>not looking to win the race, just finish respectably. Thatnks for the other
>Since you don't care about taking any advice, my ask the question in
>the first place. Just go ahead and do whatever you'd like. Then, (if
>you last that long without any serious injuries, come on back to the
>NG and be receptive to some good advice from many knowledgeable folks
>in this group.
11. Newbie question