I reintroducted squats and other leg exercises (hamstring curls, calve raises) on Monday and then ran 2 miles a few hours later. I was really sore tuesday and wednesday, but took both days. I just got back from a run, which was really affected by my leg soreness. Now, I ordinarily run 6 days a week and I know the leg soreness period is shortened some by running, but I don't know if I should just ignore working out my legs from now on. I run (more like a job) typically 2-3 miles, 6 days a week. Perhaps, I should just focus on my upper-body. I knwo squats raises the testosterone level quite a bit, and it would affect everything, but leg soreness really puts a damper on running. Thanks
Thread: squats/long distance running
05-04-2006, 04:51 PM #1
squats/long distance running
05-05-2006, 03:01 AM #2
If you're into long distance running then putting mass on your legs is counter productive. I'd suggest you focus on strength training as absolute strength carries over to endurance strength so squatting for strength will actually help you run better. Some basic guidelines for strength training are never do more than 5 reps, never lift to failure, rest for 3-5 minutes between sets and exercises, use 85-95% of your 1rm most of the time. Focus on intensity and tension, not reps and exhaustion."Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
05-05-2006, 06:46 AM #3
Squats and running distance do not complement each other. I have dropped out running more and more as my squatting has become more important too me in my training. You have to make a decision which one is more important to you.
I haven't totally let my conditioning go just to lift heavy however. I still run 2-3 miles once every two weeks, and every week I do either a sprint/plyo workout or do a resistence conditioning workout with sledpulls/tireflips/and kettlebells.
Just remember distance running isn't necessarily the best indicator of what kind of shape you're in. You're gonna have to decide whether you are a lifter or a runner.
And its not an all or nothing decision. You don't have to stop squatting just to run. The soreness will subside eventually, so even though your squat will always be held back, you can do both.Training Journal:
05-05-2006, 07:40 AM #4
When I used to run XC I tried to squat and still be a decent runner. From what I experienced, it is either one or the other. I either couldn't squat because my legs were fatigued from running or I couldn't run that well because I was fatigued from working out my legs. Needless to say, I realized I would not put on any mass on my legs while running long distances. If I were you, I would cut the running to maybe 4 days a week, which could give you a day before leg workout for rest and a day after. Best of both worlds. That's just my opinion though. It's all up to what is more important to you the running or leg workouts.
05-05-2006, 08:05 AM #5
I used to run 6-9 miles 3-4 times weekly and I started mixing some weight lifting (squats, deadlift, bench) with that. Initially, there was some soreness during my runs, but that subsided within a couple weeks.
My experience was different than that of the other posters here. I felt so much stronger and more explosive during my runs than before I was squatting, especially running up hills. I was able to run at a good clip and I always felt that I had an extra "kick" in my legs if I wanted to use it.
Obviously it depends on your goals; if you're going to want to really excel at bodybuilding, weightlifting etc. you're not going to want to run very large weekly distances and vice-versa. However, squatting up to twice weekly while doing the running that I was doing was far more of a help than a hindrance for me. I guess it might depend on how often you run, more than how much you run. If you're running 6 times a week I don't see where you could fit in squats without interfering with the running (I wouldn't want to squat and run on the same day, but maybe that's just me)
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05-07-2006, 11:17 AM #18
I run and do squats with no ill effects. Although I only do squats one day a week. I average 6-8 miles on my long runs.
Switch up your workouts. I do a speed workout once a week. I warm up by running just over a mile real easy. I do ten sprints that are about 100 yds. long uphill and then warm down with another mile. I will do an out and back run. I will time myself on the way out and try to beat it on the way back. I will usually put in a good sprint at the end of that. On my long run days they are just that long and slow. I don't care about time, just getting the distance done. The body adapts quite easily to exercercise so mix it up. Don't hesitate to take a rest day from running. You will find that you will be even faster the next time you run.
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05-23-2014, 11:03 AM #21
Okay, here's what you do. This is actually pretty easy.
2 miles is basically a fun run, so what I suggest you do is first get used to running 2 miles X times per week like clockwork, then when you hit a point where it doesn't even bother you anymore, start adding in squats.
All kinds of slow, windless phaggots with no athletic ability will try to tell you that actually being in some kind of condition while retaining the ability to lift heavy weights is impossible, but if that's the case, how the fuk do 99% of the athletes who ever appear on TV somehow manage to be in great condition AND really strong at the same time?
Answer: because conditioning and strength training are only counterproductive in the fantasy of internet fitness, a community I am increasingly growing to despise.
Everyone who tries to argue otherwise, I want you to know that not only are you wrong but I hate you personally.
05-23-2014, 11:07 AM #22
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