After all my years of on/off running, I am just now asking myself this question: How long do I rest before training for another race? Because of the running challenge I set for myself this year, I've been thinking about this topic a lot. I don't know how I did it in high school. We'd have cross country races every weekend in the fall...and somehow I didn't pass out and die.
As you may already know, I ran a 10k on Sunday and I have a 5k in just two more weeks. I had to do some research to help me decide how to train for this 5k in just three weeks after my 10k. Here's a section of an article I found regarding rest time after a race (article link HERE):
Here's what my training looked like this week...
Tuesday- 30 min. Tempo Run (10 min @ 6.0, 15 min @ 6.3, 5 min @ 6.0...walked to warm up and cool down)
Thursday- 5k pace intervals (10 min elliptical for warm up and cool down; workout: [4 min @ 6.9 + 2 min @ 6.0] x4)
Saturday- 6 miles, comfortable pace (I changed between 6.0 and 6.1 every half mile)
I probably should have waited another day or two before doing a tempo run but I hadn't found this article at that point ;) My knee is holding up and I'm being very aware of how it is feeling. Let me know if you have any advice about between race recovery!