Running advice

  • Mar 21, 2017 5:11 AM GMT
    Ok, so I am not new to working out and have done it at intervals throughout my life. Running is one of my main exercises that I do. Many people run using distance as a measure. I, on the other hand, will increase intensity (speed, incline, weight), but maintain the same time run. My time is 10 minutes sustained run, three minutes cool down, and I do this four times a week. I use soft 2lbs weights in my hands (will not use ankle or wrist weights, avoiding ever going higher then 2lbs). I have recently again beat the 8-minute mile goal I had. The reason I do it this way is due to time constraints (have two jobs, massage therapist, and direct support professional for special needs people). My other workout is strength training app on my phone called freeletics and I pay for the coach, I like it. I also do this four days a week. My workout days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. This time I have been going on a constant work out for a little over two months and I believe I can maintain this with my time constraints, freeletics is about 30-60 minutes and the run is 13 minutes.

    Back story on my body, I have always had an extremely fast metabolism that often got in the way of building muscle (think 121 lbs at 6'1"). Then I joined the military at 21, when I left training my weight was 168 lbs clothed with a good build. Before beginning this current routine I was at 145 lbs with very sedentary jobs behind a desk. After a little over two months with this routine currently I am at 161 lbs naked. One of my goals was to make my former military weight of 168 lbs and I am close.

    I am just looking for feedback on if you think the run is helping my building, or hindering it, and also some Ideas you may have to improve on it.
  • NealJohn

    Posts: 347

    Mar 21, 2017 2:47 PM GMT
    As long as you make sure that you have plenty of calories to burn, running can only help you. Keep in mind that running requires calories and burns calories for hours after it is performed. If you are a hard gainer running may need to be curved to a few times a week - short intervals . Just make sure after you run you have a recovery meal.