I think I'm going to try Ranger CHCB's run schedule, and go to the gym Tue and Thu. A few years ago I was running every Mon-Fri, mornings and nights. If felt great and my distance improved at a rapid rate and I lost some fat. Supposedly, this is bad. Running just thee times a week just doesn't feel like enough to make a difference; but, I'm going to listen to the pro's and try it.
Good luck Ranger Splat.
ANGRYCivilian: George Sheehan said it best, "we are each an experiment of one." If running 5 days a week twice a day works for you, you should stick with it.
Some people can run 5-6 days a week...some can run 80-100 miles a week. Generally, people who follow these kinds of workouts fall into one of these categories:
1-Genetically gifted runners who have excellent biomechanics and phenomenal recovery rates.
2-People who are running most or all of their workouts at pretty low intensities-which are great for burning fat, and allow for quicker recovery, but don't maximize speed.
3-The chronically injured.
I started my athletic career as a biathlete. Getting stationed in Alabama pretty much ended any chance of continuing to ski XC (and people laugh at the funny looking rifle, anyway!)
When I turned to running and triathlon, I ran 5-6 days a week and ended up in category 3. After beating my head against a wall, I started doing some reading and then stopped running completely on my "easy" days, leaving the three run workouts a week I mentioned above.
Over the years I was able to turn in a 36:00 10K, a 1:00:15 10 miler and an 8:46 50 miler on less than 2000 miles a year (around 36 miles a week average, with a long week of no more than 45) supplemented with a lot of cycling.
That's why I advise 3 days a week (or alternating 3 one week, 4 the next) for anyone starting out, or just getting back. Once you get an overuse injury, particularly if you're just starting out, you can get into an awful downward spiral.