Being new to running, I'm also working out in the gym. I work out pretty hard three days a week, and have been using the tread mill for 20 or 30 minutes as a warm up. Now that I'm running, I'm finding my work outs, be it running or weight lifting, are just to demanding. I'm wondering if I'm over training on the cardio. I'm also starting the C25K training S. Should I only run on my 3 running days, and replace my cardio warm ups with something else on my lifting days? Should I substitute bicycling, or jumping rope, or just lay off the cardio on lifting days all together? Is that warm up running not giving me enough recoup time?
Since you are new to running, I would recommend doing a different cardio on your gym days. It will give your running muscles a chance to recover and adapt to the stress. Warm up on the elliptical or bike before your weight training. Hope this helps!
Thank you weenafaye. I was thinking somewaht along the lines of what you recommended. I'm used to that old school military type mentality that says that you have to work it out every day. It's hard to tell if I'm so exhausted because I'm not alowing myself to recover, or if it's all those years of smoking Marlboro's.
Thank you again for youre input. I think this site is going to be alot of help for me in my running.
For a warm-up I would recommend a routine that consist of dynamic movements/stretches that will help to increase your core timperature, prepare your nervous system for activity and activate key muscles that you'll be using in your training session. Also by doing a warm up that consist of dynamic movements you are decreasing your risk of injury and increasing your training.
Here is a link to a sample dynamic warm up from Core Performance: A Better Warm Up