Competitive runners: Do you include heavy weight lifting in your routine?

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    Oct 19, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I've been working out for about 7 years along with running. It's always been the same stuff not much change in the amount I lift vs. when I started out. I guess my workouts have always focused on muscular endurance. My question is have you seen any benefits to your from throwing in some heavier lifting cycles? Mainly interested in it in terms of prevention of overuse injuries.

    Thanks.
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 19, 2009 1:45 PM GMT
    I like to combine the two for overall strength. Depending on what races and distances I am preparing for, I will run 3-5 times a week and do weight/strength training 3-5 times a week as well.

    I think the strength training for legs and core has the most impact on preventing running injuries. I used to think that I could skip leg workouts because of my running, but after some injuries and PT work, I realized that the strength in legs was a vital workout. Also, found it to make me stronger on longer runs and faster for sprints.

  • zakariahzol

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    Oct 19, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    Yes, I would like to know too. Lifting weight give bigger and heavier muscle, Kinda disadvantage when running isnt it. But I believe , stronger muscle mean more power when you are running. I am confuse.....
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    Oct 20, 2009 3:34 AM GMT
    Ironman4U saidI like to combine the two for overall strength. Depending on what races and distances I am preparing for, I will run 3-5 times a week and do weight/strength training 3-5 times a week as well.

    I think the strength training for legs and core has the most impact on preventing running injuries. I used to think that I could skip leg workouts because of my running, but after some injuries and PT work, I realized that the strength in legs was a vital workout. Also, found it to make me stronger on longer runs and faster for sprints.



    Thanks, it's been the same for me...injury after injury. First my IT band, then my hips, then my right knee, and right now I have some achilles tendonitis. I just recently got orthotics and I also have a massage therapist doing active isolated stretching on my feet to correct the problems there. I'm hoping that the combination of concentrating on strength vs. muscular endurance plus the corrective inserts will equal a happily running Runninchlt.

    Are you running free of aches and pains now that you've added more focus on strength?
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    Nov 04, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    If you're distance running for speed (i.e.: racing distances greater than 5K) muscle bulk will slow you down. Use weights to balance muscle strength and avoid injury due to overdevelopment of some groups and atrophy of others. You may notice in races that the fastest runners are the little guys, while heavily muscled runners tend to fade quickly.