I love to run and have loved it for a number of years. For those that enjoy it as much as I do (some might use the word obsessed) going on a run more than once in the same day is not out of the question. I’ve been know to get “my” run in early in the day and then go for a “social” run with friends later in the day. Obsession? Maybe – but I really do enjoy running – not just the physical benefits I get from running; i just enjoy getting out, feeling my body move and respond, the endorphins (the so-called runner’s high – will be covered in an upcoming post) and the invigoration from feeling my muscles in use and the beat of my heart and air exchange from deep breathing. So am I recommending that you run multiple times in a day? No – you can, but even that is based on the same principles that answer our question of how often you should run.
So here are a few things to consider to arrive at the answer of how often you should run:
-Your fitness goals
-Your physical condition
-Your current fitness level
-Your workout intensity (HIIT, pace runs, etc.)
-Your other exercise activities
-Your current level of stress
-Your current sleep quality (or lack thereof)
-Any current precluding physical conditions or illness
Over the next few posts we’ll take a look at each one of these and unravel the answer to this question.
If you have to know right now – the most important principle is to listen to your body – it gives you feedback all the time; sometimes we either listen poorly or ignore the messages it’s sending.
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