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Is it safe to run two days on the trot?

I ask the above as I started week 8 yesterday and to begin with the session went well but after fifteen minutes I was struggling to breathe due to the cold especially on inclines which I find I am leaning forwards on . Is this why I am struggling? I was thinking of repeat run 1 of week 8 today so a quick response to my question would be appreciated thanks.

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I'm not qualified to give you a definitive answer, but to me it seems logical that you will perform better if you give your body time to recover between runs.


Hi Ebony,

I'm not qualified except by my own experience. I failed to finish week 8 run3, having completed 1 and 2 on a treadmill. I did about half of it on a new, uphill route before having to stop. It was also very cold, a bit like today. That was on a Thursday morning and I followed advice from here to take longer breaks between these longer runs so I didn't run again until Sunday, when I nailed it. OK, my graduation ended up one run (so 2 days) later than I'd hoped but that doesn't matter in the greater scheme of things. If I were you, I'd definitely take the extra day or two off. Your body will thank you!


The whole point of the rest days is to allow your body to recover. I'd be wary of running without a rest day, and sometimes 2 rest days do not go amiss. Like Trebor and Thinner I'm no expert - but the programme was designed by experts and if they put in rest days they had a very good reason for it.


We never questioned the program and always had at least 1 day of recovery between runs. Like the others stated, once you get into longer runs, you need the rest days. This week I ran 3-5K's and the last run was horrible. I only had one day of rest between run 2 and 3. I think it would of went better if I would of had at least 2 days difference. Gayle


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