How many days a week should I run?
When starting a running program, it can be tempting when you are enjoying the new activity to want to get out there every day.
There is nothing nicer than a free activity that gives you an endorphin kick on a regular basis. Although the physiological improvements that come from daily physical activity cannot be downplayed, there are risks to going too hard, too soon with running.
Although your body’s reaction to running will be a highly individual response, generally speaking I encourage most beginners to commence with having one run followed by two rest days. This is due to delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, which peaks at day two post exercise. Depending on your previous level of fitness this can be decreased to one rest day following a run day after 2-6 months.