i plan to run every other day now, and not have weekends off, cos i need more stamina, i need to be fitter ... is this a good idea? i just won't let this beat me and thought it might help.
cranking it up...: i plan to run every other day... - Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K
Don't tire yourself out. I usually find I have my best runs if I take an extra rest day... But I am in my 50s so maybe take a little longer to recover.
It’s up to you but I think 2 days off once a week is good for repairing the body. It’s far too really to start thinking about cranking things up and stamina.
Many people do that, but I always felt I needed a two day break and still do. That’s partly because I do a long run on Saturdays and like to recover for two days before running again on Tuesdays.
It’s up to you, but why don’t you see how it goes and take an extra rest day if you feel you need it?
hi jools. yes, you've always got something helpful and kind to say...well i see what you mean but i just need something to give so i can get this job done!
Rather than pushing yourself to do more running, why not to something different on the other four days a week? I walk briskly everyday I'm not running, further than I run, and for me this is the ideal balance. It uses different muscles, and helps with stamina.
i walk for half an hour every day i don't run, not fast, but not a saunter either x
Hi, it’s very important to listen to your body and how it’s feeling. I know you want to improve your stamina but it will take time. Please don’t push yourself too hard and risk injury. It would be a shame to spoil all the progress you’ve made so far for the sake of an extra rest day here and there🙂
i hear ya my friend its just that it seems i cannot get this wk4r1 done, its just beyond me, and i am doing 'week 3.5' (as devised by our friend on here for me) tomorrow in an attempt to get half way there ie. 12 minutes, cos i gotta do something to get me to running 5 minutes twice... i don't know whats wrong with me... if i go any slower i will stop! lol
Don’t worry DTC, it will happen in time, just don’t push yourself too hard or be too hard on yourself when it doesn’t happen.🙂 One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from running is patience. I must admit it’s not one of my strengths normally! 🤣
Nothing is wrong with you - you are just not ready for it yet - you will get there! You are doing the right things by increasing gradually and being active on the other days as well.
listening to my body...mmm... it says stop trying to do something you were never cut out for. but i wont listen to that cos i wanna run for 30 minutes. i will do it.
As others have said, listen to your body.If you are finding it tough going, you are more likely to benefit from an extra rest day, rather than increasing the frequency.
Why not try extra strength training on your rest days. Your running will benefit.
nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/s... is this right?
is this the strength and flex iannoda was referring to? just wanna be sure
Go to the forum healthunlocked.com/strength... Did you manage to speak full clear ungasping sentences as you ran?
yes but not too many of them
I wouldn't be too rigid with it.1 day or 2 days , depending how you feel.
I did every other day up to week 8 (then injured myself) I then had 2 days between runs until i graduated, I now have whatever I want .
1 day , 2 or 3 sometimes .
I don't stress about it now 😁
i do. lol. cos i want to get past this block.
There's no rush 😁
I wouldn't be too tough on yourself and 3 runs a week is plenty! 😊
When I did C25k I ran Monday, Wednesday and Friday and took weekends off, but each to their own DTC, do whatever suits you, just don’t overdo it as your body sometimes needs extra time to recover.
yup, that would probably be me x
Be patient ok, you’ll get there, no rush
This week 4 has driven me to it !
As most others have said, I’ve always had a 2 day break over the weekend. It gives time to rest your body and repair muscle tears. I’ve your determination though!
It's up to you.
I've done every other day when I could, but I've never beaten myself up for taking an extra rest day if I was feeling off, something unexpected cropped up or the weather was particularly inclement.
Stamina is more important than speed, so crank down that treadmill a few notches when you're running next.
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