I used to think that running every day was the only way to go. I’d be proud that I was running daily, especially in those warm summer months. My yoga practice used to also be an every day thing as well, especially when I was a newer student and was so excited to have found such an amazing practice.
As I got older, I got wiser. I realized that running every day ( or any athletic endeavor) can actually be damaging to your body. Certainly something that’s as high impact as running can, over time, lead to joint and muscular issues. Now, I know there are those out there reading this who run every day. And I know there are yoga teachers that practice and preach to students to practice every day. I’m just saying I have found this does not work for me. Mentally or physically. I’d much rather have a more moderate schedule and really give it my all when I practice or run.
I’m more focused on running now than my yoga practice so we’ll focus on that. My “every other day” running has even occasionally dropped to every two days during some weeks ( rest Sunday, Monday then run on Tuesday). I have found this to be particularly effective as I’ve increased my distances and have needed to give my body a rest in between long workouts.
This schedule is supported by one of my marathon resources, the book, “Four Months to a Four hour marathon.” I’ve been following the training plan in this book for the past several months and like that it gives me license to take two days off. I’ve found this to be a great way to rest, fit in some cross training on my “no running” days and give my mind a mental break too.
Yesterday I ran 16 miles in about 2 1/2 hours. A little over nine minute miles. Ok, so I’m not going to make the Olympic team but I could hit my four hour mark if I can hold a nine minute per mile pace.