Distance or Speed?... and keeping my pants from bulging

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    Jan 12, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    So I run about 3 to 5 miles a day. Sometimes I run a little farther then usual, and sometime I just run faster. Which do you think is better for overall cardioicon_question.gif

    I have been running for a few years, and I have always had meaty legs from soccer and other activities. Finding a good pair of jeans that fit my thunder thighs is always hard to do. Do I have to worry about my legs growing from all my running or is there a way to keep them the same sizeicon_question.gif
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    Jan 12, 2009 6:37 PM GMT
    I'd venture that 3 miles, even if run fast (and I'd consider that 18-21 minutes), would be a minimal cardio workout. When I run at a faster pace I do a warm-up and warm-down so if you're doing so that could be added cardio, too.

    If you are seeking strictly cardio, I'd guess that longer is better.

    As for the clothing, seems like David Banner never found an answer, either.
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    Jan 12, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Ideally, try to mix up distance and speed. If you look into heart rate training a little bit, you'll see that doing each session with a different priority (e.g. long and slow, or short and fast, etc.) has a number of benefits over doing the everything the same.

    Happy to go into it more if you want - let me know.

    Dunno about the jeans - my thighs refuse to grow, no matter what I do!
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    Feb 08, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    running shouldn't make your legs balloon in size.
    unless your doing weight training along with the running.
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    Feb 11, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    Running seems to take size off on most people. Don't worry about bulking up unless you ride a bike. That will add a lot of size to a normal person's thighs.
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    Feb 11, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    Sprinting increases natural testosterone production which will cause you to add more bulk.
    Running longer distances will cause you to lean out.

    Look at a sprinters body versus a marathon runners body.
    When I want to bulk up, I sprint and do max squats. When I want to lean out when I'm training for a marathon, I just add miles.
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    Feb 11, 2009 3:18 AM GMT
    trit is right. the mixture of both is the best solution. if you want an actual workout feel free to email me and i can work one up or at least give you advice for making your own.

    as far as the jeans problem. i have it to. your body molds to what you need it for so oboviously running will make your legs bigger. at the same time running will also tone them up. so it has more on genetics than anything i think
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    Feb 12, 2009 7:27 AM GMT
    mnjock2003 saidSprinting increases natural testosterone production which will cause you to add more bulk.
    Running longer distances will cause you to lean out.

    Look at a sprinters body versus a marathon runners body.
    When I want to bulk up, I sprint and do max squats. When I want to lean out when I'm training for a marathon, I just add miles.


    I never made that connection myself. However I agree that it makes sense, and have an anecdotal case to support it. When I added speedwork to my training regiment recently, I started gaining weight so fast I was worried I was getting fat!

    So I guess the lesson is: "run long and slow if you ass is too big for you britches!"
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    Feb 13, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    I have been running since I was 20...so over 20 years...I have run some years at 5-6 miles 3-4 x's a week...now..I do 9+ miles 3 times a week..I think less times per week.with maximum speed and time (not distance) is key to getting an optimal result. I am in better shape in my early 40's than when I was 20 (pause) sorta icon_smile.gif Seriously, having big legs is a good thing...take a look at mine...okay..I may wear out the inner parts of jeans faster than the other boys..but when Shorts season comes to NY...I have a lot of datesicon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    Well... to answer the denim question...

    A pant with a relaxed thigh/fit is probably going to fit you like a slim fits me... in other words it should fit you well. Big star makes quality jeans that seem to fit well with a more relaxed thigh. Also you could go to a tailor and have him/her take your pants in at the waist while leaving the thigh in tact... although this can get expensive real fast.


    and for the rest of ya'll

    if it's skintight, it doesn't fit right!

    (Unless you're ripped... you are an exception to the spandex clause)