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1/31/13 9:12 A

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While everyone is different, I do think that running more can make running easier. KDB, I know you are a marathoner and a lot of folks say that if your long run is a big % of your weekly mileage, you are setting yourself up for injury, so it makes sense that if you increase your total mileage, each individual run causes less stress on your body.

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1/22/13 8:43 P

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I completely agree. It is all personal (weather, climate, mileage, days run or week of the month). Congrats too for finding it and I hope it keeps working well for you.

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1/22/13 8:37 A

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A) We are all different.
B) The FIRST program is less days, but the runs are more intense. So while you may be running more often, the workouts themselves may be less taxing (on your bones, joints, ligaments, yadayada...)
C) This is speculation on my part. ;)

Some people can run every day, no problem. I am not one of them. My happy place is 3-4 times a week. During the winter though, I am lucky to get one a week (hubby likes spin classes in the winter, and we hammer those). So it really all comes down to what works for You. Congrats on finding it! :D

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1/21/13 11:46 P

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That is odd. When I was running 5 days a week, my legs felt like lead all the time.When I droppped back to 3 days a week, I got faster.

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1/21/13 9:38 P

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I need to check with the group to see if anyone else has experienced this. For the last 2-3 years I have been using the FIRST (Furman Institute) 3 day a week running program. I originally switched to this program because of some lower back issues I was having. I am now working with a coach and he has added a 4th day of running and if I tolerate that well we will add a 5th day. So here is the strange thing...the more mileage he is adding the better my body feels! My back has less pain, my hips have less pain etc. I am wondering if I never really got in shape enough doing 3 days a week to tolerate the intense workouts of the FIRST program and that is why I feel better now running more. It is the only logical thing I have been able to come up with. SO,,,again my question is does anyone feel better have and less aches and pains overall by doing more mileage rather than less.

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