Running and Weight Training (may have asked this before)

  • suedeheadscot

    Posts: 1130

    Apr 22, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    Is it ok to do weights on the legs while also training for half marathons? My initial thoughts are: yes as long as light. I have a routine every 2 - 3 days as I enjoy weights, and on the second routine I do squats/deadlifts, and the two different types of machines for the legs (ones for the thighs, ones for the hamstrings (I think!)). I want to keep my definition while training.

  • Lincsbear

    Posts: 2613

    Apr 22, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    I can`t see any problems with that.

    Training for a half marathon means plenty of running, so don`t over exercise them, give them lots of rest and recovery as well.

    Best wishes!
  • toybrian

    Posts: 409

    Apr 22, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    Suede, I o to the gym and work on all the machines for all parts of my body and I run over 30 miles a week to train also for the half. I have good legs here but wish the top looked as good as the legs. Hard for me to balance out.
    Keep running and good luck in your races also.
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    Apr 22, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    Weight training can be complementary to running and it can also have a negative impact and the question of if you should weight train and if so at what volume is really going to be dependent on your half marathon goals.

    If you are looking to just looking to complete a half marathon then you should be fine with lifting all the way through the training and maybe dropping off a day or two the week before the actual event.

    If you are looking to be more competitive then you would want to reduce your weight training volume the closer you get to the half so as to not impact the build and peak phases of your training. During that time you can still do two days a week to maintain your definition and progress to date. When you do maintenance lifting you will want to go with lower weight and higher reps rather than heavier weights with lower reps.

    Hope that helps.
  • suedeheadscot

    Posts: 1130

    Apr 23, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    ER....thanks Kemer. Something didn't quite happen with your pic there lol...

    And thanks for the advice above. I have good legs *wiggles them at screen* (shame about the rest of me) and want to keep them formed!

    Cheers guys!