During my training for the 2016 Houston Marathon, I ran 5 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday). The schedule called for 6, but I swapped a recovery run on Sundays for a bike ride and/or yoga. The idea of even a slow run when my legs are still aching from those 20 ish-milers is just too much for me.
These days, I’m just doing the occasional race for fun. Nothing I’m very serious about. So I’m running 3 days a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Wednesday I spend about 30 minutes on the elliptical. And then strength training and yoga the other days. Friday is my rest day.
I think it’s tricky to know what’s best for you. During marathon training I saw a real increase in speed and I think running so often helped with that. But it’s hard for me to sustain that all year long.
So what works for you? Do you run every day? Do you swap with cross training? And how did you figure out it was best for you?