Need HELP with running!

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    Dec 28, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Okay I HATE the gym and prefer to do majority, if not all, of my work outs outside.

    Lately I have been trying to run more but scared to lose too much muscle on my legs. Would it be better to do sporadic burst of sprints for a 3 mile distance OR one long distance run.

    I believe that will shred the fat and muscle if I keep it up, I know that is how it was when I used to do half-marathons.

    Thanks Guys!
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    Dec 28, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    If you're looking to be muscular, distance running is a waste of time to begin with. If you really hate the gym that much just buy a bench and a set of adjustable dumbbells that go up to 100 pounds That's really all you need to get big anyway. To burn fat while keeping muscle just go on a slow paced jog for about 30 minutes a day.
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    Dec 28, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    CLDoyle saidOkay I HATE the gym and prefer to do majority, if not all, of my work outs outside.

    Lately I have been trying to run more but scared to lose too much muscle on my legs. Would it be better to do sporadic burst of sprints for a 3 mile distance OR one long distance run.

    I believe that will shred the fat and muscle if I keep it up, I know that is how it was when I used to do half-marathons.

    Thanks Guys!


    If you go long distance it will equal out to more balanced loss of both fat and muscle. If you want to loss more fat then you should consider intervals during your workout. The trick to not burning muscle mass is to increase you protien intake for starts. The nurse at my school recommended to me that I eat more lean meats like chicken and green vegetables. I had my body composition looked at during one session with her. If your doctor can do that for, I'd highly recommend doing it. Really helps to track your progress and know if you diet is working out for the goals you are setting. Also drink LOTS of water! Hope this helps!
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    Jan 10, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    I can understand why long-distance running leads to loss of fat. But just out of curiousity, why does long-distance running lead to loss of muscle ? I wouldn't have expected that.