When Should I Run?

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    Mar 17, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    I was wondering when would be the best times to get a run in, I want to run for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week but I wanted to know if I should double running with weight lifting or have it on the days that I don't do weights?

    Thanks for the responses!
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    Mar 17, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    "When they tell you everything is ok, THAT's when you run!"

    -Lead character in the movie 2012.
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    Mar 18, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    Uh I was hoping for some actual fitness advice... but thanks for that I guess.
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    Honestly it depends on your goals. What's your main focus...? If you're new to running, or your focus is more on muscle building then you should probably do it on off days.
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    I run in the morning.....less people on the trails...cooler temp. wise...I have ran and then lifted the same day...It hasn't affected my gains but I would remind ya to have some rest days sprinkled in...your muscles break down...tear... this increases mass development.... but they need rest time for this to take place...Good Luck with your fitness goals......
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    Mar 18, 2012 3:01 PM GMT
    When you're being chased!
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    TropicalMark saidWhen you're being chased!
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    20-30min runs 3x / week can be used as a warm-up before your weight schedule. It will not cause damage. Just make sure you stretch before and after the run, and hydrate (drink lots of water) throughout to avoid cramps.

    If you're new to running, try doing incremental run times. day1 = 5mins, day3 = 7mins, day5 = 10mins, etc. and gradually your endurance will build.

    you do need to give yourself 1-2 rest days between each workout, so that your muscles repair.
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    Mar 18, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    When you are about to be hit by a car, train, bus and also from zombies.
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    Mar 18, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    Run before you eat breakfast in the morning. That is when you have the least sugar in your bloodstream and your body is most prone to mobilizing fat for fuel.
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    Mar 18, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidI was wondering when would be the best times to get a run in, I want to run for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week but I wanted to know if I should double running with weight lifting or have it on the days that I don't do weights?

    Thanks for the responses!


    I like to run either early morning before work or in the evening at 7:00pm after having eaten supper at around 5:00pm. The temperature is much nicer at those times and you can really push your body a bit further because you are not limited by over heating.

    As far as double running with weight lifting I do not know. For the past year, I have been doing 10-15 min run after I do my weights and I am happy with my gains.
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    Mar 18, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    kingmo said20-30min runs 3x / week can be used as a warm-up before your weight schedule. It will not cause damage. Just make sure you stretch before and after the run, and hydrate (drink lots of water) throughout to avoid cramps.

    If you're new to running, try doing incremental run times. day1 = 5mins, day3 = 7mins, day5 = 10mins, etc. and gradually your endurance will build.

    you do need to give yourself 1-2 rest days between each workout, so that your muscles repair.


    Well I am new to running, 'full-time' you can say, so I wanted to like run then walk and repeat until I finish the 30 minutes until I build up and am able to run 30 minutes straight.

    If you say repair then I shouldn't do it on off days? My aim is for the run to just be some cardio for me on off days to say that I did something.

    Thanks for the serious responses guys!
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    Mar 18, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    I run on the days I'm not lifting. I see a lot of guys running/doing cardio at the gym on the same days they are lifting heavy - they are clearly fit, big and strong...but they are also often...shapeless? No definition to their bodies. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Cardio and lifting work your body in different ways and engage your organs/heart/muscles in different ways. I personally don't find it beneficial to combine them.

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    Mar 19, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    RunintheCity saidI run on the days I'm not lifting. I see a lot of guys running/doing cardio at the gym on the same days they are lifting heavy - they are clearly fit, big and strong...but they are also often...shapeless? No definition to their bodies. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Cardio and lifting work your body in different ways and engage your organs/heart/muscles in different ways. I personally don't find it beneficial to combine them.



    What about doing the run in the morning, like 8 hours before I do the lifting?
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    Mar 19, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    Well, you have to look at your total calorie intake/output and balance a run against what muscles you're working in your lift session that day.

    I like to alternate run/lift days. Always good to toss in some yoga after a run, or maybe a short swim.