Winner – and a runner question


Kate is from Sydney, Australia, and fell in love with running in 2012 when she decided, for no particular reason that she can remember, to run a marathon. That one goal turned into a love affair with running that keeps her sane during the day, and fuels the blog at night.

  • Jill

    I run just one day a week [gasp!]. I’m even training for my first half marathon with this training schedule. I do other stuff though – weight train 5 days/week, yoga, and interval training (non-running). I’m a faster and less injured runner when I run less.

    • Kate

      Gasp! No, that sounds really good. It goes back to every runner having their own needs. And I bet it works beautifully for you. I used to do my interval training on the elliptical/bike, so it doesn’t sound too foreign. Is it your choice, or is injury in the way?

  • Sheri

    Usually I run at least every other day, sometimes every day but if I do that, I’ll take a two day break. I don’t follow any super strict rules, I just follow my body’s cues.
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  • Jen

    I usually run 4-5 days a week, the longest I normally go is 1-2 days between unless I am injured then ugh don’t ask and watch out!
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    • Kate

      Don’t provoke the injured runner, huh?!

  • kloe

    The longest I’ve been without a run? 3 months :P
    I think it’s so so important to take a much needed break when you feel you really need one;
    just to avoid burning out, or worse, injuring yourself.

    so good on you! and it just means you’ll go back to your next run feeling energized and rested, and ready to kick some butt :)
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  • Amy Lauren

    Usually… like a day between runs. Yeah, I know, but I run a lot. Sometimes 2-3 days if I’m training to peak for a race or recovering for a race. Nothing wrong with taking a few days off though, I always feel better after a couple days off after a lot of training.
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    • Kate

      Yup. My body likes to tell me it wants a rest. And this morning’s run was so much better for it!

  • Hollie

    I wish I could tell you how often I run or if I stick to a straight plan or training schedule but I don’t. I try to run everyday but does that happen? No. I normally end up taking 1 day off a week from running due to various reasons (this week I pulled my butt muscle stretching..). I’ve run 5 hours apart and I’ve run 48 hours apart…depends on what I’m feeling I suppose. :-)
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    • Kate

      Your poor butt! Lol. I think a rest day is good for us anyway. Running doubles is something I’d like to do more of. Yet again, you’ll have to teach me your ways runner goddess!

  • Jenelle @Mile Twenty Eight

    I’ve recently had to take 3 days off in a row-yuck, I hate it! Luckily my foot is better-so I’ll work back up to 6 days a week!
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  • Mindy Artze

    Well, I don’t know which Mindy it was, but I had to give you some love! haha! Sorry if it was me messing up your giveaway!!! After long runs I usually take 2 days off… I haven’t done a long run lately… gotta get back to it though bc I have a half in about 8 weeks!

    • Kate

      You didn’t mess it up! Not one bit. I loved the love, and I thought it was funny that you got picked, there was a 1 in 6 shot:-P

  • Cathy

    I’m currently training for a half marathon at the end of April. I”m running 3 days a week but in a couple of weeks I will be adding a short recovery run one day. The longest time between right now would be from Saturday to Tuesday. But I lift weights on Sunday and do boot camp Monday & Wednesday.

    • Kate

      This is exciting! Which half marathon? It sounds like you have an incredibly sensible plan. You have to keep us updated on how it’s all going!

  • Jenelle @ mummylovestorun

    ahhhh! Feels so nice to be back here. Lack of comments hasn’t meant lack of reading… I have been staying up to date by reading on my phone. But so excited to be able to write now! So I love that you took a break and listened to your mind. At the moment, in the middle of a training plan the longest I would probably go between runs would be 2 days. But I went 10 months without running when I was pregnant and post -partum (I hope to run through next time).

    Once marathon is done honestly I want to decrease my running to 3 times per week and do like you and do more spin and x-training. This probably sounds counter-productive to my goal of one day becoming a 6 times per week runner but for now I think I need to be realistic about how running will fit in my life for next few years with my other responsibilities and goals. As long as I get to put my sneakers on at least a few times per week I should be ok. Running is great but I want to be a runner for life and I think the best way for me is to let my training ebb and flow with life rather than try and maintain a strict frequency that may build resentment. (you can tell I haven’t given this any thought before?!?!)

    Anyway great work on the 10er the other week. That was a RIDICULOUSLY yucky day (I ditched my run to spin in the A/C…so take my hat off to you). When races don’t go the way you want you really should be proud of the fact that you finished. That takes a dedicated person to not quit!

    PS so love that your colour photo made it into your header…makes me smile!
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    • Kate

      Oh why hello! I hope you’ve been having a wonderful time.

      I am loving keeping up with your marathon shenanigans (as you well know!) but I like the sound of the ebb and floe approach. Running for life means mixing it up, for sure. I’ve really started enjoying the cross training, but equally when it’s my turn t start marathon training again, I know I’ll be all over the running.

      And thanks!

  • robyn

    I think if your body is telling you you need a break, best you take a break, before you break:) Maybe some yoga and stretching and R and R. Wish I could take my own advice:) Max 3 days between runs and am sure to cycle in between too.

    • Kate

      I think you might be onto something! I’m seeing the dr again next week to check those iron levels, but I think it’s just a stressful period in normal life, and that’s not great for a good running program, so I’m trying to chill out. I think we’ve all been there!

  • TorontoRunner

    Happy running!!
    Lately, I’ve been running probably 6 days a week with a day off. I don’t like to leave more than 2 days in between runs, but I’ve definitely hit STREAKS of 2/3 weeks off at a time!
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    • Kate

      And the same to you! I know you’re a massive runner junkie. You were always going to respond with the highest number of running days! xx

  • Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    These comments were fun to read. I usually run 3-4 times a week. I ran 5x a few times when marathon training, but generally my body prefers less. I still need to move most days, and take one full rest day every week.
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