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    One of the things I've wanted to do in life is to run the marathon in Hawaii, typically in December. As some of you know, I'm also a semi-hardcore weight lifter and I am a little paranoid about losing muscle, which I know will be inevitable if I train for a marathon. However, considering this is a longer-term aspiration of 11 months of training, is there a nutrition/training program that I can use to incorporate both weight lifting and marathon training? I'd like to know!
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  • #2
    I don't see why it is inevitable. If you keep lifting weights & eating protein, and up your calorific intake so the extra running doesn't put you into a deficit why would you lose muscle? You will probably want to focus more on the running though and have the weights take a back seat but I would certainly keep them up.

    I don't think you need to be on any specific program of nutrition apart from deciding whether you want to be high or low carb (IMO the middle ground is not a viable option for endurance sports) and making sure you get enough calories.

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    • #3
      Don't know what you routine is like, but I found last year once a week was enough to add significant distance, I was sprinting every week anyway, and added in a longer run, separated as much as possible in my routine. I was able to add a mile most weeks, and was up to 10 miles in a couple of months easily.

      I could have added distance quicker but at the start of was building up speed too so wans't adding miles untill I was doing a 10 min mile at the previous distance. Then as the race I wanted to enter got closer I decided to run the distance and work on getting faster each week.

      I do not have the build of a runner either, so it's not something I'm naturally gifted at.

      So if you have a spare day or a light day you could do it without dropping any of the lifting, and at worst you'd have to drop a day and go easy on the legs the day after. Of course YMMV this is what worked for me and what I'll do to train for a marathon.
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      • #4
        I'm trying to fit in half marathon training with my lifting workouts too - I really want to run more HMs, but I love lifting and don't want it to give. I currently lift 3 times a week.

        I'm thinking that I'll do an interval workout one evening after lifting, another short run during the week and then a long slow run at the weekend. I reckon that should do me, without either suffering - although time will tell!

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        • #5
          I just put together a crossfit endurance schedule to train for half marathon in May...i live in a small remote community with a limited gym (at the high school) so ican't do all crossfit things but am planning on figuring out a substitute for each crossfit-like session.

          overall it's 3x strength/endurance per week and 3 running sessions per week ( i think 1 sprint/interval/tempo and 1 long-ish run).

          if anyone is interested let me know and i'll share. it's basically this, but in excel so you can edit.

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          • #6
            Both of the girls that lifts with me (and competing in a powerlifting meet tomorrow) are both crazy marathon runners, they don't have much of an issue maintaining muscle mass. They both eat like wildebeests though. I can ask them is there is anything else...

            I wouldn't really worrying about it, your progress will slow down doing both, but if you want it do it.
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            • #7
              Oh and they're both running the Honolulu Marathon next year again.
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              • #8
                Meh. Nevermind! Got convinced that marathon running isn't good for me, and I should pursue other things that don't damage my body as readily as running all the time.

                Thank you for all your feedback, though If I ever get crazy and want to do it, it's nice to know that it's possible.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                  Meh. Nevermind! Got convinced that marathon running isn't good for me, and I should pursue other things that don't damage my body as readily as running all the time.
                  While I agree marathons are a bit nuts and counter productive, if you really want to do it, it can be done. The girl I brought to the powerlifting comp won her weight class, and overall ladies. I think she runs a sub 4 marathon. So it can be done.
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                  Small Kine-168/9%
                  Now- 200/8%
                  Goal- 210/6%

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wanderlust View Post
                    While I agree marathons are a bit nuts and counter productive, if you really want to do it, it can be done. The girl I brought to the powerlifting comp won her weight class, and overall ladies. I think she runs a sub 4 marathon. So it can be done.
                    O_O wow. that's great for her! Someone to look up to, for sure! haha
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