Too much running?
I'm working on getting back in shape for lacrosse season, which means lots of running. I've been running 3 miles a day for the last few days, and intended to continue running 3 miles a day for the next 3 weeks or so, but today a friend mentioned that it is unhealthy and counterproductive to run that much. Is this true? Am I doing too much running? Is there a limit to how much running I should do per week?
unhealthy and counterproductive is all realtive to your goals, so that's your decision to make. 3 miles a day every week would be 21 miles, I don't think that's too much at all, but it depends on how you feel.
I'm not too familiar with lacrosse-- what's the play of the game like?
I guess a better way to phrase that is, how long are you active at any one time, what kind of rest intervals do you get, and how hard are you pushing yourself when you are active?
Lacrosse is a running sport. Think soccer. I'm basically running the whole time, with brief periods of rest (can be seconds or can be a minute) when the ball is on the opposing end of the field. When I'm running I need to be running as hard as I can. I need to be capable of running hard for long periods of time, even if that is not always the case given the situation. I'm basically trying to increase my endurance.
My question is this: Is running everyday running too frequently, or is the amount of times I run completely irrelevant?
I don't think it's necessarily running too frequently...however...I do think you should give yourself one day of rest. I also think that if you're going from running nothing to all of a sudden 21 miles a week, it is too much. Work your way up. Like Ritzol said...21 miles is not necessarily a whole lot. Keep in mind that endurance athletes will end up running more than 60 miles a week.
If your goal is to increase overall endurance, then I think you'd benefit more from training smartly...in other words have speed workouts...which could be 2-3 miles long, and have endurance workouts...which would be long runs...about 6-8 miles...where you add a mile every 1-2 weeks and work your way up to 12. You'd only do this once a week and lower your pace at it. You'd also work your way up to the distance...as adding distance too quickly is one of the most common causes of injury for runners. If you do add a lot of distance to your workouts, make sure you increase your caloric intake.