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05-29-2007, 02:02 AM
On average. I know it's sometimes different from one week to the next. I'm also curious if there are "older" runners out there, and what kind of surfaces you run on. I'm 54, and I started running last year. I seem to get more injuries if I run more than two days a week so I wonder if it's a function of my age, or the surface I run on.

05-29-2007, 02:30 AM
It's a function of shoes plus surface, probably. ISTM that age would affect performance (speed, endurance) and after-injury healing more than getting injured to begin with. Are you giving yourself enough time to fully recover from whatever injuries you're getting?

05-29-2007, 04:33 AM
I do intervals for 15 minutes on a treadmill on Tuesdays and Thursdays and run 6 miles outdoors on a mix of payment and dirt on Sunday. The running is definitely harder on my back and legs than any other cardio exercise that I do. Some days are worse than others. I should probably go to specialized running store and have them tell me what kind of shoe I should be wearing. I'm a newbie--I've only been running for about a year.

05-29-2007, 10:25 AM
I shoot for 2-3 days a week, with one long-ish run (how long depends on what I'm training for). I'm a triathlete, so I also shoot for swimming 1-2 times a week, and biking 2-3 times. Note that life with a toddler often intervenes. I typically run on asphalt.

One of my older friends is a triathlete who keeps her running to the minimum she needs to get her race done. She says it is the easiest of the disciplines to get injured in. She is scary-good on the bike and is always kicking my slow butt, and I think that is where she puts in most of her training.


05-29-2007, 10:31 AM
4, occasionally 5 depending what training and races I have planned. But I do marathons so it gets a bit excessive sometimes...

05-29-2007, 12:37 PM
I think how much you run depends on so many things. Partly what you've mentioned and for me it's also weather and the fact that I want to do so many other things....spinning, step class, weights. There's only so many days in the week!


05-29-2007, 12:46 PM
I think how much you run depends on so many things. Partly what you've mentioned and for me it's also weather and the fact that I want to do so many other things....spinning, step class, weights. There's only so many days in the week!


Iam with you!!! I try to go at least 3 days a week doing at least a 5K each
time. I also go to spinning class 2-3 times a week. Right now with the weekend I am kinda behind on both!!! Need to get my rear in gear starting tomorrow as I have a long work day today with a meeting tonight!:o
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05-29-2007, 04:24 PM
I try to run at least 3 days a week. Some weeks I actually may even get in 5 days. It all depends on the weather and just life in general. I don't have access to a treadmill these days, so my running either takes place outside or in the church gymnasium.

I used to do 3 miles every time, anymore, I'm lucky to get two. It upset me for awhile that I wasn't getting back to the 3 I did before the baby. Then I realized...I wasn't pushing 30 pounds of baby around in a stroller that likely weighs 30 pounds itself. I was also living up north before and it was much cooler temps. Running in 85 degrees is wildly different than running in 60 degrees.

05-29-2007, 04:27 PM
Only 1-2/week for me (usually a 10K), any more frequent and I'd be bored with it :)

I was told that asphalt/pavement is harder on the knees while grass is harder on the ankles. Regardless, good running shoes are a must for proper cushioning against the impact of every step.

05-29-2007, 05:06 PM
I'm 50, I've been running for 4 years now... I run 3 days/week for an hour... If an hour brings me to 8k or 10k so be it, I'm only out for an hour...I run on ashphalt and feel the difference if I run on cement sidewalks, it's just a little harder. I don't get sore knees, I take Glucosamine and Calcium every day, if I don't take those vitamins I can feel it in my knees, I swear by them... I also bike, swim and weight train...

05-29-2007, 05:37 PM
I put 5 because that is what I am doing right now, although ideally it would be 4 plus 2 days X training. Just cant manage the Xtrain right now.

05-29-2007, 07:24 PM
I usually run 4 times a week with 2 days of crosstraining. That's the schedule I'm on now for getting ready for my half marathon. Some weeks I do five days.

05-30-2007, 04:05 AM
2-3 days per week, although I've taken to running not that long ago, so I don't go very fast nor for very long (30 minutes so far). It took me that long to actually like running, I guess, instead of only remembering it as the dreaded, forced activity of high school sports courts. ^^; (Now if it could stop raining cats and dogs early morning, I could actually do it before breakfast, and not have to cram it in the evening between dinner and nightfall! Hehe.)

06-01-2007, 04:16 PM
I run every day for 30 miniutes I have a tredmill so rain or shine the ipod is on and im in the garage I change my tredmil stauts (its quite and expencive one so it has this feature) like today I did speed changes and tommorow ill do hight changes.
This makes your heart work one day and your toning the next over all just burning fat.
Ive only been doing it for 2 days but allready today the time I was running felt like less and next week im going to change the levels =D

06-01-2007, 05:05 PM
Here's a sample of this week.

Sunday - Spent with family
Monday - Did some plastering/framing and door hanging work for my parents
Tuesday - Rested
Wednesday - Ran 2 miles, walked 3.5, .75 mi. of it uphill
Thursday - Ran 1.25 miles, walked 4, .5 mi. of it uphill
Friday/Today - Walked 5 miles with 10 lb. (5 each leg) leg weights, .25 mi. of it uphill
Saturday - Having a yard sale and gotta lug everything outta the shed tonight. Grooooooooan. LOL

So only two days of running this week, but should get in more next week. And this 90 degree weather isn't helping any.