Q: How much do I run every day?
A: I think the general perception of new and non-runners is that people who run cover the same amount of distance every time they head out the door. This is a fair assumption, considering that's exactly what I did when I was first starting out. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I'd get home from work and run one of a couple of routes, each of which was about 3-4 miles. There are plenty of runners that take this approach for years and have great success with it. However, people like me that regularly complete half marathons and marathons tend to run varying distances.
I recently completed a training cycle that prepared me for a marathon. I typically ran six days per week, and daily distances varied from as low as 5 miles all the way up to 20 miles. Here's a sample week towards the end of the cycle.
- Monday - 5 Miles
- Tuesday - 6 Miles
- Wednesday - 5 Miles
- Thursday - 7 Miles
- Friday - Rest Day
- Saturday - 10 Miles
- Sunday - 20 Miles
There's a lot more to it than running different distances every day, like intensity and type of approach, but I'll cover those types of questions separately. Just know there's no right or wrong response to this question. The answer largely depends on your goals, the time you want to invest in running and how much you love the sport.
One last thing. If you're interested in seeing how much I actually run on a daily basis, check out my profile on dailymile. I post my workouts there just about every day, as do thousands of others.