BODYBUILDING & RUNNING A MARATHON

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    Jun 19, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    Alright, so I love bodybuilding but during the summer I like to get out and run too. I decided to do the Chicago Marathon this year for the first time. For the RJers out there that are bodybuilders and runners too: How do you train for both? Do you stop bodybuilding when training for a running event? Or how do you balance both goals?
  • Ironman4U

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    Jun 19, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    I do cardio work/running in the morning and gym/strength training in the evenings. The morning cardio is a great way to get my juices flowing in the morning. And then I'm fresh for my weight training in the evenings.
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    Jun 19, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
    If you're gonna do a full marathon, then cut back on the gym time. All that muscle mass won't help you much during your run. If you're gonna do something shorter like a 5K or a 10K, then it's just a matter of finding a balance of lifting and running. You'll be able to retain a good amount of your mass, while having a decent run time.
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    Jun 19, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    Well I am not much of a body builder...although I have been lifting and training for the Seattle Marathon at the same time. As your mileage increases I found it difficult to fit both in so for about the last two months of training I wasn't lifting as frequently. Now I have two kids, work full time etc so time is more of an issue for me than maybe others. Putting schedule aside though, I did find that the recovery time needed after lifting did interfer with my running. too tired to really run hard.

    Good luck! I hear Chicago is a nice flat course.
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    Jun 19, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    Your runs will take the majority of your time. But you can still hit the gym 2-3 days a week.

    I wouldn't do a whole lot of legs. But plyometrics help and track workouts help as well.

    Good Luck!
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    Jun 19, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    you will get skinnier.

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    Jun 20, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    Thanks guys. As I near the 20 mile long run I'll be cutting more the bodybuilding as much as I'll hate to stop lifting as much! But my goal is to finish this marathon in good shape in October. After the marathon I plan on bodybuilding like never before!
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    Jun 20, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    Adequate nutrition + adquate sleep + adequate recovery from hard workouts are the keys to success. It's very easy to overtrain when you're training hard in two disciplines. I know a couple of guys who are pretty built and they also happen to be top area runners. Good genetics? Have all of the basic components down to a science? A combination? Who knows.

    Good luck with your goal, maybe one day I'll drum up the cajones to run a marathon.
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    Jun 20, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    The one benefit I have found is that training for the marathon gave me a six-pack like crunches and treadmill never did! Enjoy that benefit!
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    Jun 20, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
    Runninchlt saidAdequate nutrition + adquate sleep + adequate recovery from hard workouts are the keys to success. It's very easy to overtrain when you're training hard in two disciplines. I know a couple of guys who are pretty built and they also happen to be top area runners. Good genetics? Have all of the basic components down to a science? A combination? Who knows.

    Good luck with your goal, maybe one day I'll drum up the cajones to run a marathon.


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    Jun 20, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    JoshTPDX saidThe one benefit I have found is that training for the marathon gave me a six-pack like crunches and treadmill never did! Enjoy that benefit!


    Are you fuckin serious? I've never had abs, you got me all excited.
    I've always wanted those sexy torso lines that go down to your, well you know, dick ;)
    Thanks for the motivation!
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    Jun 20, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidyou will get skinnier.



    Woo hoo!
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    Gym_bull said
    CHIdude saidAlright, so I love bodybuilding but during the summer I like to get out and run too. I decided to do the Chicago Marathon this year for the first time. For the RJers out there that are bodybuilders and runners too: How do you train for both? Do you stop bodybuilding when training for a running event? Or how do you balance both goals?


    Professional bodybuilders doesn't do cardio, if you want to body build, dont run. Running burns off muscle, as well as carbs. Well, if your running a marathon it will. It's either one or the other.


    I know that... But there are guys that balance both and are able to succeed. I did a half-marathon last year while lifting heavy the whole time. But this one is 26.2 miles, the real deal!
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:41 AM GMT
    I run The Pikes Peak Marathon ( one of the hardest) and lift. I just train only one long run (2-3 Hrs) a week with a few short runs (30 min) the rest of the week. I keep lifting 4-5 times a week. I make sure to hit the Carbs alot harder on the run days. Make sure to drink fluids. You might also check out the Galloway walk/run marathon program.
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    Jun 20, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    CHIdude said
    JoshTPDX saidThe one benefit I have found is that training for the marathon gave me a six-pack like crunches and treadmill never did! Enjoy that benefit!


    Are you fuckin serious? I've never had abs, you got me all excited.
    I've always wanted those sexy torso lines that go down to your, well you know, dick ;)
    Thanks for the motivation!


    oh and eat alot! you get to eat ridiculously...when i was lifting hard i always freaked out about fat and sugar and was trying to be super strict. once i was running 30-40 miles a week i realized i needed to eat a ton to be able to recover, fuel my runs and lifting and not shrink away. even still eating greasy burgers and tons of carbs I got those lines you were talking about.

    oh yeah baby!
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    Jun 23, 2011 1:02 AM GMT
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    CHIdude said
    JoshTPDX saidThe one benefit I have found is that training for the marathon gave me a six-pack like crunches and treadmill never did! Enjoy that benefit!


    Are you fuckin serious? I've never had abs, you got me all excited.
    I've always wanted those sexy torso lines that go down to your, well you know, dick ;)
    Thanks for the motivation!


    oh and eat alot! you get to eat ridiculously...when i was lifting hard i always freaked out about fat and sugar and was trying to be super strict. once i was running 30-40 miles a week i realized i needed to eat a ton to be able to recover, fuel my runs and lifting and not shrink away. even still eating greasy burgers and tons of carbs I got those lines you were talking about.

    oh yeah baby!
    da475cb9df958917ededa21b0e94f668.jpg


    Dude that's hot ;) But I still think Im far from those sexy lines icon_sad.gif