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RunKerryRun Amateur 34 posts since
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Dec 7, 2010 4:52 PM

Running with Scissors - Weights during training

I recently started running and am actually now following the C25K even though I have run a few 5k's I didn't have the endurance to run the entire thing at the time. Now I have shed 10 pounds and wonder if I should training with 10lbs of weight and increase the weight as I lose weight then at races go with the reduced weight to get a faster than training time. Obviously since I have lost the weight my body isn't working as hard as it did initially so adding the weight would increase the intensity a little more than it is but wouldn't it also increase stamina and strength?


Any comments would be appreciated.


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  • Dog-lover Legend 373 posts since
    Mar 5, 2008

    First of all congratulations on losing the 10lbs and committing to the C25K. I would really caution you about running with weights.  I believe the risk of injury is greatly increased while running with weights.  I tried it early on in my running and stopped pretty quickly after feeling soreness and stiffness in my back, knees and feet.  I've read that carrying weights can cause imbalances in your posture, stride and gate all of which can cause injuries. I would recommend slowly pushing your distances up as well as your pace a little as you lose weight.  Try to be patient, your strength and stamina will improve over time by just following your training program.  There are also many safer forms of cross training that can help you gain strength and stamina that won't expose you to such a high risk of injury.  Good luck reaching your goals!!  One last piece of advice is to have fun along the way!!  Running is such a great and rewarding sport!



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