Unsure on mileage? There are several schools of thought that exist on how often one can run or should run. There are many variable that come into play when answering this question. I’m a believer of daily runs if you’re not injured and you are varying your pace. If you’re recovering, then cross training with a bike may not be a bad idea. Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall has made the comment that for him cross training is more running! He’s had a few years of injuries so maybe his advice shouldn’t be etched in stone!!
About three months ago, I started running again. Is it good to run every day or should I run three times a week? – Vicki Vicki, congratulations on starting running again! Generally speaking, I am a fan of running every other day, especially when beginning a running program. Doing too much too soon is a common mistake.
Source: How Often Should I Run? | Runner’s World
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Dr. Nick Campitelli
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.
I think how often you run depends on you as the runner. You know your body better than anyone else. So, if you are healthy and injury free you could run everyday if your body is accustomed to it. But, if you prefer to cross train, I feel that is completely acceptable as well.
I think there is no single right answer to this question. While considerations such as your goals, life schedule, and running experience can and should be used to establish boundaries of too much and too little running frequency for you, within these boundaries you can choose any of a number of different running frequencies based on personal preferences and needs and get the results you seek.