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jenniparks Amateur 13 posts since
Jul 9, 2010
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Jul 9, 2010 6:57 PM

Staying Active on non-run days?

One FANTASTIC side effect of c25k (I am scheduled for w2d3 tomorrow, but it took me 2 weeks to nail w1, so i've actually been running for 3 weeks)  is that I have way, way, WAY more energy than I had previously. This fattie is ready to MOVE everyday. Each morning i wake up with this sort of nervous energy  compelling me to MOVE; to do something active and aerobic. Toward this end, I made the idiotic mistake of trying to run on a "rest" day which led to knee pain, having to ice, etc. So I understand now that at least for me I can't run everyday; I must give the major muscles of my leg a break every other day while I am new to running.


For more background let me note that I'm an IT geek who works in front of a pc all day long at home, so my work doesn't involve any manual labor. Other than the running on Tue, Thurs and Sat, i am doing yoga Tues evenings and strength training on Thurs and Sat. I have to do the weight training later in the afternoon on the same day as my runs because I need a day of recovery between the training and my next run or I'll be extremely sore on run day.


Basically, I am searching for aerobic activities to get moving that will not be high impact on my legs that I can do on Mon, Wed, Fri (sun will remain a total rest day). Suggestions, especially ones that have personally worked well for you are welcomed.


Thanks everbody!

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  • greenjello Amateur 27 posts since
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    1. Jul 9, 2010 7:52 PM (in response to jenniparks)
    Re: Staying Active on non-run days?

    Cycling is good.  Running stresses the hamstrings (unless you do a ton of hills), so cycling (which stresses the opposing quadriceps) is good to do on off days.  It's low impact and you can raise your heart rate as much as you want to push it.


    Swimming is another good alternative to keep your aerobic activity going on off days, but only if you make a workout out of it.

  • emmaleigh47 Pro 174 posts since
    Jun 24, 2010
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    3. Jul 9, 2010 7:57 PM (in response to greenjello)
    Re: Staying Active on non-run days?

    I do my strength training mostly arms on my days off, 50 sit ups, and also the elliptical .... but I also think it is crucial to give your body at least one day off from all activity, so I also do that too!

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  • greenjello Amateur 27 posts since
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    4. Jul 9, 2010 9:51 PM (in response to jenniparks)
    Re: Staying Active on non-run days?

    Work your way up on the bike like you did running, start slow and short in the beginning, and remember that it's supposed to be an off day, so don't go crazy on the bike either. 

  • Dee54916 Rookie 4 posts since
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    5. Jul 14, 2010 1:10 PM (in response to jenniparks)
    Re: Staying Active on non-run days?

    I love spin classes! Cycling on a stationary bike in a class setting. Its really motivating on the downside, your back side will be extremly sore for the first 3 classes. Its great cardio and even some classes that I have been to in the past work on strength also.


    Good Luck and don't give up!

  • vcackerman Legend 340 posts since
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    6. Jul 15, 2010 5:03 AM (in response to jenniparks)
    Re: Staying Active on non-run days?

    You mention strength training on run days - I would recommend not doing legs on those days but rather doing them on a different day.   You are working the same muscle twice in essence.


    For cardio activities, swimming is great as it's a full body workout with no impact to the joints. 


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    10K: 60:16 (Lisle Spring Spint Mar 2011)

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