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Should I run when legs are sore from previous run or wait until it clears?

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You are experiencing DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). If you have taken a full day off there is no reason you shouldn't be able to run. Any soreness will actually go away after a couple minutes and you'll feel just fine.  The one thing to keep in mind though is if the discomfort is bad enough that it effects your form. Poor form can cause you to hurt yourself so if you start running and it doesn't feel right, best to take another day off.

 

I run on sore and tired legs a lot. In fact, Marathon training programs will work you really hard one day and then run you long the next workout day with the intention of you running on fatigued legs. You need to learn that to run long distances because they do indeed get fatigued and sore.

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Azatol, I couldn't find this post to reply to you, thanks for the advise, in the end I was so sore, I couldnt feel my legs and bottom in every movement (plus, silly me, I chose a harder route -uphill) so I gave up that day and waited a few days until my body was back on track and I did amazingly good, I was very proud of myself. You seem like a bit of an expert, I am just wondering is there a point on which a person is fit eneough to run daily? Or should the rule of waiting a day for muscles to regenerate be followed for good? I have a neighbour whom I haven't seen since summer (yes, because we all go everywhere by car, we live in a little village...) and he runs ultras, he runs for 3 hours in the mountains at a time and I don't recall wrong, he trains on a daily basis, so I asked him once if he doesn't have running related muscle pains/ fractures and general issues, his reply was that he has been doing this for many years and that it is when he doesn't run that he feels physical pain and experiences problems, does that mean that running can at a point stop being considered and extra effort for your body? Therefore.. That it mean that a professional runner can run on daily basis?

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I'm sure there is a point when someone can theoretically run every day but I'm years from that. I run 4 days a week for about 20 total miles at this point. The point at which it's ok to run multiple days in a row is when you gain no real benefit from a run as far as strengtrh building. For me, an easy 3 mile run no longer strresses my body enough to tear muscle fiber, therefore there's no down time for healing needed. I always run an easy 3-4(By easy I mean easy pace. Running never gets easy) miler the first day when running 2 days in a row. That 3 mile run doesn't benefit me for an increase in running endurance or leg strtength. It's just used to build my weekley base mileage to help me work up to longer overall runs.

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Thanks for the quick reply, it makes sense, I'm very jealous! 20 miles per week sounds like a very healthy plan, I know people want more with time and it's difficult to have enough of what feels good, I guess that's why my neighbour runs for so many hours in difficult routes, but personally, I think it's too much and might even unhealthy to run such long sessions, as opposed to swimming, running is a bit brutal to our bodies, 20 miles is great! Well done! When did you start consistently running? Or have you always done it? Im interested how many veterans and newbies in comparison make a habit of running :)))

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I've been consistently running (aside from some injury breaks as I learned things the hard way about too much too soon, as well as a non running related knee surgery) since the day I got challenged to run 30 seconds on a treadmill a little over a year ago. I think it was just a couple of months ago I finally went from 3 to 4 days a week running. Here's a typical week for me...

 

Mon - Run 3 miles + mini leg routine + Strength Train

Tue - Core workout, cycle, sometimes yoga

Wed - Run 4 miles + mini leg routine + Strength Train

Thu - Run 4 miles + mini leg routine

Fri - Core workout, cycle, sometimes yoga

Sat - Run 9 miles + mini leg routine + Strength Train

Sun - Core workout, cycle, sometimes yoga and sometimes do absolutely nothing and rest.

 

10k+ steps a day, every day. I have flexibility in my schedule too. Sometimes saturday is shorter and 2 other days are longer. Speed workouts are done on Mon or Thu and all other runs are easy runs.

 

Because someone will ask. My mini leg routine I complete after every run as a cool down, strength training, balance practice, and range of motion type thing...

 

Stand on one leg: 30 seconds each leg

Lunge with a body twist(To the leading leg side): 6 (each leg)

Drinking Birds(Google it): 5 Each leg

Alphabet Spell A-M: Each leg(You stand on one leg and speelll the alphabet in the air with the other. Another balance exercise)

 

It's been a long hard road with tons of reading/studying/running programs/ coaching and trial and error. FUN STUFF!! I am very addicted

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you are very adicted but you give sound advice also glad you are on this app

Thanks! This app started me down a path that's brought tons of joy into my life. I love to share what I've learned and happy to help others find that joy (Just remember, my advice is just the advice of an amateur runner). Running is pure awesome!

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Omg! Azatol! What has happened to you? You are an addict! It's an amazing journey you have gone thorough and I can tell you are very enthusiastic and confident about this new passion of yours! Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us, if I start to become a pro, first thing I'll do it will be to look at this post haha, very useful tips there, thank you! Wish me luck on mine!

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Omg! Azatol! What has happened to you? You are an addict! It's an amazing journey you have gone thorough and I can tell you are very enthusiastic and confident about this new passion of yours! Thanks so much for sharing this experience with us, if I start to become a pro, first thing I'll do it will be to look at this post haha, very useful tips there, thank you! Wish me luck on mine!

I don't even know what's happened to me other than after many many years I've found my true passion. I run, I read about running,  I study running. There's no magic. Just lots of free time for a single guy and something he loves :)

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Hello Anne and Azatol ;) it has been raining here in Zaragoza (Spain) since last night, the mountains are full of mud and as I went with my Lina (I always take my german shepherd for a run, she just runs free off leash and chases rabbits..), I just decided to go back as I didn't want her to get dirty, thankfully, I have a treadmill my husband bought me for a birthday I had a month from giving birth, I kept telling him to buy me one as i had gotten too fat, almost two years on I finally used it for over a mile for the first time today

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Sorry, Anne, I thought you posted about having done your week 4 in here too, well done! I think when you complete week five, you'll feel like you are in the right track, your body is stronger and more capable and ready for more, from there there is no more sissy business hahah

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i cant wait to try that 20 min run everyone is talking about i originally miss understood and was running every day had an injury and had to rest and start over now my ocd wont let me run 2 days in a row i am being very strict with my routine for now but all i really want to do is run and run

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That's the spirit! That's how I feel every time I finish my run, I can't wait for the next one! I can't wait to improve! Then I start running and in the middle I think it's so hard! But somehow I manage to continue and not give Up until the end and feel enthusiastic again! It's so much fun hahaha

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i cant wait to try that 20 min run everyone is talking about i originally miss understood and was running every day had an injury and had to rest and start over now my ocd wont let me run 2 days in a row i am being very strict with my routine for now but all i really want to do is run and run

Anne, this pretty much explains what I've been begging people to listen to. Daily running is too much for your body until you're an elite runner. Taking that day off is critical. We ALL are suceptible to overuse injuries that make us regret our impatience and unwillingness to let our bodies get sufficient rest. Unfortuanly, no matter how many times you tell someone, many folks just need to learn the ahrd way (Don't worry folks. I get it. I didn't listen to those before me either LOL).

 

I'm actually going to take a week off of running and strength training. Today is my last run until next Friday. I got a knee injury as a side effect of my surgery in the end of July and it still hasn't healed so I hurt after every run. Going to finally let my beloved knee rest.

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