Just had my first game of 5-a-side for many a year and made sure I didn't go flat out - all that twisting and turning is something I'm not so used to. I was suprised at how tired I was - obviously it's a different type of fitness - and the ball controls me rather than the other way around!
Seemed to pull a calf muscle at the end (I have had trouble with this running in the past) and this morning had a few aches and pains. Even though it doesn't contribute to my running performance I enjoy it, but I guess it's going to be a balance to ensure no real deterimental effect on my running. Anyone else had similar experiences ?
I play footy once a week, and it seems to fit in OKday after is usually a rest day though, or maybe short easy jog onlytbh I think it's quite good cross-training, if you don't take it too seriously/go mad at it - gives your knees/ankles a good twisty/turny workout, good for "fast feet" and short sprints etc etc...
Hey M C 23 that's what I do!
My most usual football related strain in the top of my thighs/groin. think that's because of the kicking. I've just started 5 a side again once a week so I hope that I won't bugger up any more running muscles.
Football uses many more muscles and more complex twisting and changing direction movements thus using different ligaments and cartilage as well. Its a good form of training and will help your running in the end, but it may stop your running in the first instance as you are not used to it.
Hope this helps, just be careful when doing anything new!!!!
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