Why do runners leave one days rest whereas body builders leave two?

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21/08/2002 at 17:55
I've been wondering, why it is that most of the running schedules have very few rest days and rarely more than one day at a time? I know that body builders leave two days to allow the muscles to repair properly.

Is one day off really enough after a long run?
21/08/2002 at 18:04
Not always, Burnley, and there's a big element of judgement involved. Sometimes one rest day, or easy day, after a long run will be plenty. At other times, a bit longer will be needed. Sometimes we need a whole week of relatively easy days.

Running doesn't do as much damage to the muscles as bodybuilding. Muscle damage is a by-product of running but the whole aim of the sort of lifting done by bodybuilders. So bodybuilders will need more repair time - although I've come across a few who regularly train on alternate days and don't feel they're suffering for it.

WildWill    pirate
21/08/2002 at 19:35
Some body builders also take only take 1 day off a week (my brother is a former Mr North Britain competitor) they normally train different body parts on consecutive days – The same thing can be achieved if you are a runner by x-training I.E. alternating hard runs with another form of exercise such as swimming and cycling etc.

Cross training can also enable you to train more than once a day as I sometimes train up to 3 times a day

Will
22/08/2002 at 04:11
As above most bodybuilders though they train almost everyday, they're working different muscle groups.

A 24 hour rest per week helps repair muscle damage and gives your muscles time to re-stock on glycogen levels. In bodybuilding, rest is essential for muscle growth ( muscles only grow when at total rest esp when asleep and pro bodybuilders need around 10 hours sleep per day).

Craig
22/08/2002 at 12:29
Thanks for the replies fellas.

I used to do a bit of body building when I was a student about 15 years ago we always did 2 2hr sessions a day with two days on, one day off. Oh to have so much free time!

I did a long run on Monday, swam 1km of crawl on Tuesday (normally I'd do half of it as breast stroke but I'm trying to protect my knees which are a bit dodgy) and woke up yesterday morning hardly able to move. Muscles acheing all over the place.
Certainly in no fit state to go for a run.
31/10/2012 at 15:49

Hey Burnley, not always true of runners!  This runner often takes two days off between hard sessions!  In prep for the off-road marathon I've done, one of my goals was to avoid injury and my strategy was to listen to my body rather than follow the days in a set schedule.   So for example, I sometimes took two days off after an interval session (hard), and sometimes after a long run, especially in the later stages when I was on my feet for a long time.  

It's my impression that quite a lot of runners get injured by running because their schedule tells them to, regardless of how well recovered they feel.  

It can be helpful to think of how many sessions a week of your running diary are 'hard' and how many normal or easy.  So for example, in some weeks I had a hill session (hard), an interval session (hard) and a long run (hard), but I'd make sure I didn't do that two weeks in a row.   It was a hard lesson for me, but age also slows recovery, howerver psyched you are!

cougie    pirate
31/10/2012 at 15:58
Has someone just bought a Delorean ?

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