run1As you train your body for the swim, bike and run remember that each event will require a unique training regimen in order to prepare you for a win. When it comes to the run, think like a marathon runner would. Would you start out running 10 miles per day every day? If you’re like most people, you neither have the time or the stamina to start out that way. Can you really fit 50 miles a week into your schedule? How about a run every other day?

“The single best way to stay injury-free is to run every other day,” says former Olympian Jeff Galloway, who created a popular three-day program that incorporates frequent “walk breaks.” “Three days gives you all the ingredients you need, plus rest and recovery.”

Although much depends on the quality of your workouts, researchers with the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training have shown that experienced runners can improve their times using three runs a week.

These “Marathon-lite” plans usually involve two short but purposeful runs: a speed workout done several times throughout the week and a longer paced run on the weekend. Cross training (swimming, strength training or cycling) can be incorporated as well so that you get an all around body workout and can prepare for your other events. Not to mention, three day plans like this can also reduce your risk of injury and allow for you to recoup and rest your body in between regimens.