How Much Should You Run?

  • By Jeff Gaudette
  • Published Nov. 4, 2013
The number of miles you run and how often depends on various factors. Photo:

It’s not necessarily about mileage or frequency.

Some questions don’t have simple answers. As an example, the best answer to most training-related questions is, “it depends.” What’s your training background, injury history, goal race, training environment, and current health? These are just a small sample of factors that can impact the specific answer to almost any training-related question.

Unfortunately, answering a question with a question or replying “it depends” usually isn’t very helpful. But, you still want answers. So, how can one offer advice without knowing your specific situation? Provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for your circumstance.

In this article, we’ll look at two of the most popular and frequent questions runners ask that don’t have a specific answer: “How many miles per week should I be running?” and “how many days per week is optimal?”

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Jeff Gaudette

Jeff Gaudette

Jeff has been running for 13 years, at all levels of the sport. He was a two time Division-I All-American in Cross Country while at Brown University and competed professionally for 4 years after college for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. Jeff's writing has been featured in Running Times magazine, Endurance Magazine, as well as numerous local magazine fitness columns.

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