|posted Jan-13-2006 02:34 PM
A couple folks in the daily run thread talked about streaks.
Per my experience, I've evolved from a 3 day per week runner to now a 5-7 day per week runner. But the transformation has not occurred overnight.
When I ran 3-4 time per week, I ran every other day. One day on, one day off.
When I ran 5x/week, I took Monday and Friday off. Pattern was 3 on, Friday off, 2 on, Monday off. The distinction is that the max streak was 3.
When I ran 6x/week, I took Friday off. The pattern was 6 days on and 1 day off. The jump from 5 days to 6 days, to me, is the biggest jump in volume.
The transition to 7x/week is just that. No days off. I've found that running 7x/week made me tough. (Note: I've only done this in base building phase.
All the experienced marathoners I know say that in order to get better, I just had to run more. Well, this is how I progressed. To me, the best mix is 5-6 runs per week with 1-3 good cross training sessions. That seems to be the best mix in order to maintain consistency and avoid injury (I've had no major injuries.)
I wonder if anyone else has some insight on frequency.