Protein PowdersA good idea right?
Posted 20 September 2011 - 04:45 PM
When I started strength training (to compliment my running) people were telling me to eat more to put on size. They didn't realise I just wanted to have betetr core strength, acceleration etc to help my running, and that i didn't want to get bigger.
They also would tell me not to run so much, 20 mins only, or max 30 mins, or only short intense intervals, or my body would start eating what muscle I had as an energy source, which made sense (doesn't mean it's right though!) because a lot of distance runners don't have a hell of a lot of muscle on those frames of theirs.
So Im wondering if runners are big on protein supplements, most likely powders/shakes, post run to help with building muscle and assisting with recovery? Do runners eat lots of protein through more natural sources and so just don't need to supplement their protein?
I gave up running for a few months and have put on a bit of muscle, and now Im getting back into running I'd like to keep what muscle I have...is protein the answer?
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Posted 20 September 2011 - 05:58 PM
Runners generally are lean because they don't do weights like you are, as they prioritise their running over strength. If you keep doing your same strength work and add running to it, and get enough calories in (you need a mix of proteins in there and if you don't think you can get enough from natural sources, then sure use a powder), then i doubt you should lose muscle mass. If you stop doing your weights then regardless of whether you run or not, you will slowly lose bulk.
Look at any Rugby (either code) or AFL players - they are all running far more than 30mins and still are big guys.
In simple terms. look to UCB'd post
Posted 23 September 2011 - 08:52 AM
Posted 23 September 2011 - 10:26 AM
My doc, who does triathlons, reckons I'm in great shape so I'll follow the training regime of UCB. Can't fault the advice of a medical chap who runs.
Posted 23 September 2011 - 07:06 PM
As an aside I think too many runners ignore weight training in favour of just running, however I feel it is important to be well rounded, you can lift weights without being a monster. The older I get the more important I think it is to hold on to lean muscle mass, I feel like it helps buffer against injury and it makes me a stronger runner.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:05 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:43 PM
I still have a couple of kilos of excess fat - I figure my body is more likely to eat that than to eat muscle tissue. Either way I agree with Emrun-if musculature is an opposing goal to running performance, so be it - I will take a bit of both.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:03 PM
They also would tell me not to run so much, 20 mins only,
Most of the people I see in weights part of the gym are fat. Some of them have huge muscles, or so their weight choices would seem to indicate, but they have equally huge amounts of fat. To glance at they just look fat and their endurance probably sucks. It makes you wonder why they bother with all that hard work. I think a lot of people get sucked into the bodybuilding methods of bulking and cutting, but never find the discipline to actually do any cutting. Better just to stay moderately cut the whole time.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:18 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 03:57 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 06:49 PM
It seems to have helped, my calves usually ache but today they feel fine. I've grabbed another to try on the weekend just to see if it has really helped or if it was just coincidence.