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Its honestly what best fits your schedule. I love running every other day because I use those non run days for weight training to round off my workouts. Its however you wanna do it. Just make sure to take at least one rest day a week for muscle rebuilding :)

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I also complete the three days of each week and then repeat days if I run more.

 

In the beginning, I was running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a rest day between each run day. Then, I got hooked and wanted results faster and felt fine the next day, so I ran consecutively. I listen to my body and give it a break when needed while running at least 3 days a week, not resting for more than 2 days in a row, and having at least one rest day a week.

 

However, you should do what works for you!

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Running, ESPECIALLY when beginning, is very impactful on your leg muscles. It constitutes strength training. When you run (Or strength train), you actually tear muscle fiber that later rebuilds itself stronger than it was. That fiber rebuilds the day after your run. This means you don't get stronger on the day you run but rather the next day. If you run that next day, you interrupt the healing process and re-tear those muscle fibers. This is not going to physically injure you but by not allowing your body that rest time to rebuild, you are negating some of the leg muscle building benefits of your previous days running. At the start, every other day is best. Maybe a Mon, Wed, Fri and take the weekend off type thing. By taking that day off after each run at the start, you will actually become a stronger runner quicker.

 

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