Jul 24, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
Is it possible to gain more muscle at the gym while still training cardio for a full marathon of 42.2km? (Marathon Oasis at Montreal September 25th)
SwimBIkeRun949 saidMy first race ever was a marathon. Since then, I've run lots of 5Ks, 10Ks, 1/2s, and other marathons.
Go big or go home, that's what I say.
The best training, in my experience, for a marathon is cardio/breathing. That's not to say don't work on strength, but you really need to get your system used to sustained activity for 3-4 hours. The long weekend runs are critical to your success.
You have to be mentally prepared to finish, too.
JoshTPDX saidi didn't get huge but was lifting and training for my last marathon. I found that squats, incline leg presses, and hip inductor/abductor (machine) were all helpful in building stronger legs and faster times (plus strengthening weak areas that caused me pain after mile 1.
I got cut from all the running and the lifting helped me be tone and look better...but my goal wasn't to get big just more defined so...
I would say be sure to time your workouts properly. It is hard to go out for a long run if your body is sore and tired and still recovering from a hard workout. Oh and you will have to eat a ton, literally all the time, all day..eat eat eat.
CHIdude saidIs 2 months time good enough to be ready??????? I have 2 months left