Looking for Lifting Advice for Runners

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    May 24, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    Hi RJers,

    This summer I'm revving up my running from thirty miles a week to about fifty, along with more intense speed training.

    I usually lift weights three times a week for about 70 minutes a session, but I'm thinking about cutting that down to maybe one day a week, in order to have enough energy to complete my race training.

    Does that make sense: one day a week, so I don't lose all muscle mass? If it does make sense, what do you exercises do you recommend I do that day? (I was thinking push ups, pulls up, sit ups, etc--stuff that used light weights or no weights.)

    Thanks for the advice!

    Ben
  • chris_dallas

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    May 24, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
    i recomend more days and shorter workouts
    my coach had us do 5 days a week no more than 30 min a day and they were all freeweight or bodyweight excercises i gained muscle and got a lot faster and stronger overall i def recomend thisicon_smile.gif
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    May 25, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    When i'm in my peak of training for a marathon I don't get much weight lifting in (maybe 1-2 days a week). I try to do more weights earlier in my training and throughout the year to keep my muscle mass. I do, however, incorporate power yoga regularly. This has helped not only my flexibility but also some good strength training and core work.
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    May 25, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    Hey Ben,

    I think you have a great idea. I went down to lifting one day/week and one day of a bootcamp with my trainer( mostly plyometrics).

    I would have to dig up my weight lifting routine for one day/week but it works. Granted, there was a little muscle mass lost in the upper body but not enough to make me panic.

    The other days were strictly dedicated to running and allowed me to do a quality run.