Muscle and Running

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16/09/2012 at 14:09

I run around 20 miles a week sometimes less and sometimes more and then do weight training three times a week, i've recently started eating a better diet hoping to gain more of a muscular body but still be able to run long distances. Really don't want to stop running but I don't really want to end up looking really skinny like some of the pro's. Anyone know if I can still get a good athletic figure like cristiano ronaldo or someone.. 

Or am i worrying over nothing, as the pro's don't train for muscle strength?

16/09/2012 at 14:32

you wont look skinny running 20mpw. the pros are doing 100mpw+

16/09/2012 at 14:56

You just need to look at some of the guys doing 100/200 metres.... are ther skinny.

No o o . It's good that you've cleaned your diet up but to put on muscle you have to work your body and feed it right. Keep up the improvement.

16/09/2012 at 15:17

Ok thanks guys

17/09/2012 at 22:48

if u want a body like those on the front of magazines its your diet you need to focus on and getting your body fat down to a low percentage..

18/09/2012 at 19:49

Thats why I changed my diet..

19/09/2012 at 13:32

Holding significant muscle at a low bf%, and being a long distance runner, are two goals that are diametrically opposed. Pick one, or be so-so at both.

Edited: 19/09/2012 at 13:32
19/09/2012 at 17:22

Ah ok cheers pal

20/09/2012 at 09:51

 I don't think that 20mpw is going to put in in the league of a long distance runner. You'd need to be running one run of 20 miles plus running virtually every day. You have nothing to fear.

I run, swim, cycle and have just started playing hockey. I run 45 mpw with a LSR of at least 15 miles. I am not skinny. Having said that, I'm not the most muscular of people you'll ever meet.

If you enjoy what you do and are happy then you've got the balance right.

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