1. How many miles and how often are you running each week?
I am with Runnergal on this one, I run when I feel like it without a set regimen. I run hill sprints or track sprints once a week. 4 x 400s, 4 x 200s, and 4 x100s. With a half mile warm-up jog. If I can't get a track session in because of the weather or schedule, I do interval running with hill sprints for about 3 miles. But I always try to stay away from a smooth tempo jog throughout my runs. I just heard an interview with Art DeVany and he was saying that in traditional hunter gatherer cultures, they laugh at people who jog since they only run to catch prey or to run from predators. And he believes that is how our bodies are meant to run. Of course we don't have to catch our own food or run from wild animals but we can copy that form of training with interval training that is non regimented. Before paleo I used to log 35-50 miles a week jogging so it took me awhile to change to this style of exercise.
2. What is the footwear you choose? VFF/Barefoot/Conventional running shoes?
I used to run with Nike Tailwinds. Now I run with Nike Free Run's which are intermediate/minimalist shoes. I prefer them to VFF's because I can wear them with jeans and out in public without people pointing or asking questions like I do with my VFF's.
3. Does anyone just run without any lifting?
I used to run more than lift. Now its the other way around. I run once a week and lift 3-4 times a week.
4. How much running is too much? Is it really a bad idea? I have read a lot of recent reports lately about chronic jogging and the scar tissue it causes on the heart. There was a recent studies both on Dr. Mercola's site and this site showing that effects of long term chronic joggers and heart health. Aside from the scarring it causes, studies have shown that it increases the muscle wall of your ventricles which lead to heart attacks and deaths in well trained endurance atheletes. So yeah, I think running too much too often is a bad idea.
5. Have you had to tweaked the diet any because of your running?
I would only need to tweak the diet if I was to increase the amount of running I do.
6. Anyone made a comeback after an extended layoff and how did you go about it?I did not make any comebacks since I have scaled down for good.
7. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated?
I think if you are trying to limit the amount of inflammation on your body and you are going for overall health, I would consider removing chronic cardio from the equation. A lot of recent science is proving that to be true. Instead of running 5 or 6 days a week run twice and walk the other days. I personally run/sprint one day a week, walk 3-4 days a week, and I play full court basketball once a week for 2 hours. All my cardio is varied and never regimented. I personally feel I am stronger and faster than ever. Interestingly enough, my 5k times over the last two years have been better than in the past using this routine. (My city has a yearly 5k run which I participate in) I was actually worst off when I was jogging 4-5 times a week.
I don't know if this has been posted yet but here is a video that all chronic cardio junkies should take a look at.
Last edited by Balance; 03-23-2011 at 12:30 AM.
"If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane
People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.