I am going to tackle this question best I can since it has come up in conversation a lot lately with different athletes on the TEAM. I will do my best to give you both the short version and the long version.
Should I Run On Sunday?: The Short Version
It is 100% up to you! Sunday is a time to get away from organized running where we don't meet as a team. However, if you feel like running on Sunday will help you to improve then go for it. The opposite is also true. If you need a physical or mental break on Sunday then take it off.
Should I Run on Sunday?: The Long Version
Here are a few things to think about if trying to decide if running on Sunday is for you.
- Aids in recovery. Running easy on Sunday can actually make you feel better on Monday if you keep it easy.
- Continuing to build your aerobic base by getting in another run each week. More "money in the bank."
- When done intelligently running 7 days a week can help you make big gains as a distance runner.
- Most college programs run 7 days a week. If you are someone who wants to run at the next level this could help you to be better prepared for the demands of running in college.
- Running easy on Sunday might be mentally good for you.
- We raced on Saturday, and need to keep our volume up so we don't peak too soon.
- You prefer running on Sunday to doing more doubles. Or are having trouble getting enough sleep to effectively do the doubles.
- You might need 1 day of rest each week from the mental and physical demands of running.
- If you are injury prone running on Sunday might not be for you.
- Freshman do not need to run on Sunday, or do doubles. Concentrate instead on staying consistent by running 6 days a week.
- For religious reasons. No one on the team should ever run on Sunday if it is something that will compromise your faith.
- You might enjoy adding 1 or 2 extra doubles during the week during the morning instead of running on Sunday.
- Take every other Sunday off
- Take one Sunday off every 21 days.
In the end, this is really up to you. There are strong arguments for both sides. It really comes down to what's best for you as an individual.
If you are not someone who does not already run on Sunday, but are considering it, come talk with me. I'll be happy to help you with the decision.
Please take look at the attached training schedules prior to coming to practice, and to see what your runs are on the weekends. If you ever have to miss a run during the winter it will be posted for you here.
Schedule for January 22nd-28th
Tuesday- MVHS 3:10
Wednesday- Morning Run 6 a.m.
Thursday- Morning Run 6:30 a.m.
Friday- MVHS 3:10
Saturday- Waterton Canyon 8 a.m.
-Tamale Kitchen for Breakfast
Sunday-On Your Own -or- REST