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i had on 4 tops on sunday, 2 pairs of gloves, headband , leggings and 2 pairs of socks...i was warm-ish
I'm definitely no expert, but my understanding is more reps with lighter weights will tone you, not bulk you up. You look pretty toned already, Loula.
Of course I wouldn't just go out running with just one layer - I don't want to become an icicle. What I mean is that I can't run as soon as I leave the house, because I'm usually only cold for a short while before I get warmed up when running, but walking to the common means a ten minute or so walk, do the run, then another ten minute walk home. Things would be so much simpler if I could just run straight out of the door.
I read this on this very site:
You want to be warm without sweating so much you get a chill. "The rule of thumb is to dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer," says Maine Track Club president Mark Grandonico. "You should be slightly cool when you start." Think layers of technical fabrics, to wick sweat, with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up. You'll learn your own preferences, but readers Darrell Arribas, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Eric Maniloff, of Stittsville, Ontario, both helped create these general guidelines.
That's a problem if I have to walk ten minutes there and ten minutes back. Actually, it's probably more like fifteen minutes - it takes about eight minutes slow jogging to get there.
Guys, remember we're runners, not body-builders! If you want to lift big weights, get huge muscles and not be able to run, then follow Gastanks advice. It would seem to me that Gastank is a weightlifter/ex-weightlifter, which is no good for runners, whatsoever.
If, however, you want to do some winter strengthening, like all runers should be doing at this time of year, lift light weights but do lots of reps (15 - 20). Some people...
Even if I had the body type for it, I wouldn't want to get 'huge'. Nope, just pack on a little muscle, broaden out a bit and get more definition. As you said, real muscle bound men do not generally make good runners.
An end result of looking like a footballer would do me. (Pipe dream).
Simple answer, by 'eck - don't have babies!!!!
I'm agreeing with Gastank - gym work is a win-win, in moderation.
Anyway, I'm off to the gym to do 1000 bicep curls with two biro's...
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Simple answer, by 'eck - don't have babies!!!!I'm agreeing with Gastank - gym work is a win-win, in moderation. Anyway, I'm off to the gym to do 1000 bicep curls with two biro's...
ok, i can def do the biro curl
abdominal muscles parting in pregnancy can occur but often it deprends on how strong they were beforehand..ususally some sit ups as soon as is safe after birth remedies it.
gastank, i supose the aesthetic side of things is just a thing ive grown up with having had to look 'right' for ballet and gymnastics. its a pain though and the downfall is it can get obsessive.
to a non-athlete or dancer such a person can look super fit and toned..when you are one 24/7 you take on the opinion that its never quite enough and the continual search for ' a bit more' ' and a bit better' is always present....
Hi RR,gastank and little LLB- This is a scary thread for me!!!!!!!!! I do want to would strengthen my upper body as I believe it could help me improve my times.
At the moment I struggle to find time for the gym on top of the running that I do. What exerceises with minimal equipment would people suggest I od at home? Don't have the space for any large equipment.
Well, according to what I've read, stronger arms improves your running. On the face of it, that doesn't make much sense, but I suppose when it comes to sprinting it might.
AF - I'd bet money that you've got a stronger upper body than me!!
It was having twins that separated my abdominal muscles 8 yrs ago, and although i do sit ups/crunches several time a week and have for years I still have a small gap that won't close.
Thanks for the advice on chin ups. That is what I shall aim for first.... It's my birthday next month and have asked my hubby to get a bar... that way he'll get the one that he wants to use too
Thanks, Gas. It might not matter either way for a while now. Last night while doing the cardio warmup for my resistance session, my knee began hurting. It's a very gentle exercise, hardly puts any pressure on the knee at all - the arms do most of the work - yet it was enough to set it off. So, no running and no leg weights for me - until I find out why this keeps happening and deal with it.
This is so frustrating, I went for the best part of two years without any injury at all while running. Now I'll probably be kicking my heels for another six weeks.