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Should I run everyday?

No. Absolutely not. Even the top runners take rest days. Rest days are an integral part to every training program. The body grows stronger and faster when it is recovering from overload or stress accumulated through volume (miles or time spent running) and intensity (the pace at which you run). Without proper recovery the body will not adapt to the overload properly and will suffer from injury or become susceptible to overtraining syndrome. The body needs rest days to allow for recovery. Athletes will return from rest days recharged both mentally and physically. They will be better able to handle a training plan and will make greater improvements with proper recovery. At least one day off per week is necessary, however, some athletes take two or three days off or cross train to vary the training load. It is a good idea to include active recovery in any training plan as well. Active recovery speeds up the body's ability to recover without adding further stress to the system. The recovery process is promoted by the increased blood flow, which serves to flush metabolic waste accumulated through training. Active recovery can include a brisk walk or a light bike ride for less than one hour in length.

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