I'm starting the C25K and was wondering if you guys combine it with gym workout the same day?
If so, do you workput before or after the run?
I'm still not sure regarding tredmil or not... it's too cold to run outside and the indoor track is only 55 yard long...
This is going to depend on your fitness level and goals...
I've been couch potat'ing for long enough that the C2K is actually a pretty hard workout. I just completed W3R1 and the next day my legs muscles have had a healthy ache in them. Adding squats and powercleans probably wouldn't add much to my rate of improvement and might very well leave me with an injury.
If I had started back into weightlifting 6-8 weeks ago and was a novice I'd probably spread the workload over the week by alternating days.
If I had been weightlifing for a year and was bordering on being an intermediate lifter I'd probably do my 30 minute runs on the same day as my lifting so that I would ensure adequate recovery times between workouts given the significantly higher workloads involved.
Today As I'm neither, I'm perfectly happy running the C2K without lifting and then adding in 3x/week lifting program while maintaining a steady state 5k - 3x a week program for for another 8 weeks to build a bit of a running base and a weightlifting base.
I'm more interested in strength and short distance running than ever running a marathon so my path would be to work up to intermediate strength levels and whatever a Hidgen 5k intermediate running type program could get me to.
just my thoughts, YMMV
I did both when I was doing C25K and still do both now, but I have the advantage of being able to split them up...running in the morning and weights at lunchtime. You can do both at the same time but the theory is that one is going to suffer so do the one you want to emphasize more first. One thing I will say is that I don't do leg workouts at all. I figure I get enough of that runnign 5-6 mornings a week and just general activity during the week, i.e. walking job sites, stairs, etc.
Thank you both!
I actually haveto do leg work at the gym as I'm recovering from aknee surgery.
So I want to run 3times a week for this program and practice 3-4 times a weekon my leg so probably I have to combine both (andwork on my upper body as well)
I'm not planning on beinga body builder just building some strength and get rid of unneeded extras.