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    • ktcoil
    • By ktcoil 11th Oct 16, 2:43 PM
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    Am i running too much?
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    • 11th Oct 16, 2:43 PM
    Am i running too much? 11th Oct 16 at 2:43 PM
    Hello


    I am a 31 year old male, I love running and run about 3-4 times a week early in the morning, I am doing 8-10 miles on each run, I also go the gym the odd day where I do a mixture as well as 2 sets of 10 mins Hitt jog/run on the treadmill(the gym is different day to running, I have one or two days rest a week, is this ok to run this amount of miles on a run at my age?


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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 11th Oct 16, 2:52 PM
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    Depends on what you are doing?
    Are you going flat out each time? Are you doing different things or just long 8-10 mile runs? Are you training for a specific race / distance?

    I don't see any fundamental problem with the mileage.
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    • ktcoil
    • By ktcoil 11th Oct 16, 4:41 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 4:41 PM
    not its all mainly flat on footpaths and road, no training just to get in shape for next year for a holiday
    • Stevie Palimo
    • By Stevie Palimo 11th Oct 16, 4:44 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 4:44 PM
    If you look like a bean pole then perhaps relax on the amount you are doing otherwise if you are in decent shape then keep to what suits you.
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 11th Oct 16, 4:46 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 4:46 PM
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    not its all mainly flat on footpaths and road, no training just to get in shape for next year for a holiday
    Originally posted by ktcoil
    I meant are you running full tilt each time or just going steady?

    I put in about 30 miles a week in currently but will be upping that as I train for a marathon. But most of the long stuff is gentle (able to hold a conversation whilst running) Longest run ranges between 10-15 miles.
    Other stuff is intervals, fartleks, bit of hill work.

    I think as long as your are not going at it full tilt all the time then that sort of mileage shouldn't be too bad per week.
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    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 12th Oct 16, 3:00 AM
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    It's not the amount you do which can be a problem, it's how varied it is. Running 8-10 miles on the same sort of terrain several times a week could be a problem as each time you run you will create small injuries (for want of a better term) that means your body then need to repair and recover. If you don't give it enough time and space to recover (and things like work stress, poor nutrition and lifestyle-eg alcohol, smoking and etc will all hinder recovery) then when you hit the road again your body ends up with a backlog of repair and given time can result in repairs which are unresolvable and can also result in things like joint replacements and so on.


    If you can mix it up a bit- mix the cardio with some strength- you need to use all your body not just the large muscle groups. Look at exercises which are not just using your quads for example and those that work on balance and core strength.


    Also think about things which work on stretching as things like your ITB band can easily become overly tight, calves, parts of your upper back...it all adds up and can mean your using or not using all your body when doing things like running.


    Use all of your body and you diffuse a bit what you throw at your body as well as gain strength as more of a whole rather than just looking bulked up on certain major muscles and weaker on others (eg how strong is your core, your wrists, your toes...sounds daft to many but if you really look into yoga and Pilates thoroughly you will understand what I am coming from. Took me a few months to be able to balance on the knuckles of my toes and means I am far more fluid when I move through the sun salutation series of a yoga class and thus warm up better and get further into the class and can do more.)


    If you can also take some time out to get a sports massage your masseuse can point out what is too tight and it can help you understand where you are going wrong and what you are overusing and what is weaker as a result. And it's also a whole lot nicer than using a foam roller to un-knot muscles!


    But to answer your question; I can't say if you are doing too much as I don't know how long you've taken to get to where you are, what your goals, times and PBs are and where exactly you are heading (not just in terms of holiday destination). We also can't see your body. I used to know a guy who lost 70% of his body weight by running and he ran 50 miles every week without fail. His body didn't just look a wreck, it was a mess of bad posture and not helped by his addiction to junk food. Yes he could do the marathon without thinking twice but he didn't seem healthy for it, and I've no doubt he will pay for those choices with his health later on down the line. He just wanted to be thinner...


    If you are worried, visit a medic to check things like your joints out but as I say, your more likely to find a lot more out from a specialise and a sports based physio and/or sports masseuse.
    • rayqi
    • By rayqi 12th Oct 16, 12:00 PM
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    Keep it every day is more important than a long miles a day, you can alter it according to the state of your body.
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    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 18th Oct 16, 9:52 PM
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    I used to run regularly, not long distances but several times a week for a good few years. Into my early 40s I started having problems with my knees (just simply wear and tear) and now in my mid 40s I cant run or do anything high impact. I still exercise - kettlercise, cycling and pilates mostly but I really wish I had mixed all that running up with some other types of sport.

    Its just my own personal opinion, I am no expert, but I do think that a balance of lots of different types of exercise is the best way to go. I miss my running and it frustrates me that I have to be careful with my knees.
    • ktcoil
    • By ktcoil 25th Oct 16, 5:06 AM
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    • 25th Oct 16, 5:06 AM
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    • 25th Oct 16, 5:06 AM
    Would you say 7 miles each day is goo?

    When I am doing a 10 mile I can get the odd small cut on feet, doesn't hurt just blood on sock.
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 25th Oct 16, 8:16 AM
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    Would you say 7 miles each day is goo?

    When I am doing a 10 mile I can get the odd small cut on feet, doesn't hurt just blood on sock.
    Originally posted by ktcoil
    What are you training for that you need to run 7 miles a day?

    Still don't know if you are racing each run or doing a mix of slow, intervals etc (Different workouts)

    I'd be looking at the cuts on the feet. You shouldn't be getting cuts at all!

    Do your shoes fit ok? Or is it dry skin or something else?

    Personally I'd be figuring out why I was getting cuts and doing something to mitigate it.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
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