Cross Training Recommendations for Half Marathon Training

Cross Training Recommendations for Half Marathon Training

Post by Ayush Sharm » Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:24:50


Hi all,

I'm going to attempt my first Half Marathon this December and have been training since early June. I'm 25, 5'8" tall and weigh 170lbs. My longest run thus far has been 9 miles in 100 minutes. After doing one long run every weekend for about 5 weeks (I didn't start out with a training plan... I know.. duh!), my Piriformis muscle seems to have become slightly inflamed.

Since then, I've been sticking to relatively short runs (about 3-4 miles) on alternate days. I was wondering if someone could point me to a good resource where I can get some cross-training information. I'd like to do some cross-training exercises to get fit and lose about 10-15 lbs while gaining muscle before my next long run (scheduled in end-September).

Please let me know if you've come across some resource or have any recommendations to help with this. Thanks in advance!

A

 
 
 

Cross Training Recommendations for Half Marathon Training

Post by Existential Angs » Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:48:40


Hi all,

I'm going to attempt my first Half Marathon this December and have been
training since early June. I'm 25, 5'8" tall and weigh 170lbs. My longest
run thus far has been 9 miles in 100 minutes. After doing one long run every
weekend for about 5 weeks (I didn't start out with a training plan... I
know.. duh!), my Piriformis muscle seems to have become slightly inflamed.

Since then, I've been sticking to relatively short runs (about 3-4 miles) on
alternate days. I was wondering if someone could point me to a good resource
where I can get some cross-training information. I'd like to do some
cross-training exercises to get fit and lose about 10-15 lbs while gaining
muscle before my next long run (scheduled in end-September).

Please let me know if you've come across some resource or have any
recommendations to help with this. Thanks in advance!
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Why do I think the next post will be the OP providing his own link?????
But just in case ahm wrong.....

DUDE,
If you can do 9 miles in 100 minutes, you are ALREADY fit!!!  Like, in the
99.9999%-ile!!!
Want more muscle?  Lift weights on alternate days.
If you keep your cal intake what it is now, you will likely automatically
lose 10-15# in a few months.

Want to join the crossfit narcissists?  Crossfit.com
Exrx.net is also an inneresting site, lotsa calculators, altho god only
knows where they get their demographic stats from.

Proly most here would say that if a half-marathon is your goal,
cross-training is irrelevant.
But mebbe not.
--
EA

A

 
 
 

Cross Training Recommendations for Half Marathon Training

Post by Ayush Sharm » Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:54:42

Thanks EA.

I was aware of Exrx.net but the other site is new to me. I'll check it out. Meanwhile, I'm sticking with some compound exercises (pull ups, push ups, etc.) on my rest days..

A

 
 
 

Cross Training Recommendations for Half Marathon Training

Post by Steve Freide » Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:28:41

Quote:

> Hi all,

> I'm going to attempt my first Half Marathon this December and have
> been training since early June. I'm 25, 5'8" tall and weigh 170lbs.
> My longest run thus far has been 9 miles in 100 minutes. After doing
> one long run every weekend for about 5 weeks (I didn't start out with
> a training plan... I know.. duh!), my Piriformis muscle seems to have
> become slightly inflamed.

If you Google "kettlebell windmill" you'll find an exercise that can
help stretch the piriformis and improve your hip mobility.  The exercise
is popular with the kettlebell set but it can be done with no weight at
all or with a barbell or dumbbell, too.  It's an "on your feet"
exercise, which I find much more effective for just about everything -
most piriformis stretches have you sitting on the floor or a bench.

Quote:
> Since then, I've been sticking to relatively short runs (about 3-4
> miles) on alternate days. I was wondering if someone could point me
> to a good resource where I can get some cross-training information.
> I'd like to do some cross-training exercises to get fit and lose
> about 10-15 lbs while gaining muscle before my next long run
> (scheduled in end-September).

> Please let me know if you've come across some resource or have any
> recommendations to help with this. Thanks in advance!

> A

Cross-training ought to be done for a specific reasons, e.g., strength
building if your form is poor or you're injury prone, more aerobic in
nature if you simply can't put in the miles and want more aerobic work.
I always like to ride a bike as running cross training because it helped
keep my injury-prone knees working better.

Lose the weight by focusing on diet - 90% of any weight loss program
ought to be about diet, not exercise.

Last but not least, consider finding a running program and sticking with
it.  No need to try to reinvent the wheel unless you've already tried
several proven programs and found them unsatisfactory.

-S-
http://www.kbnj.com