None of the serious runners I know do exclusively leg or lower body work, most of them do total body work and compound exercises since overall body strength is critical to good running performance. As a track and cross country coach for women I had them do total body workouts three days a week as the first part of their workouts without any degradation of their running.
In training road runners and marathoners I follow a hard, easy, medium running day sequence with the strength training falling on the easy days which are normally longer steady state runs. Three days on and one day off is the normal sequence however some prefer to do six and one day off.
Bottom line strength training improves your ability to run.
I will agree with the coach, Lower body isn't something I enjoy to mix on the C25K days. I did that training format last Spring and will be starting it again this week and Leg days + C25K...is quite tough.
If I did combine the two, I did the C25K last and only did a moderately heavy leg workout. I found I had the engery after lifting, but I would lack the energy to lift if I did the C25K first.
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I am on board with Zorbs. Running on the same day that you strength train means your runs may not be as great or your strength training will not be as great.
I personally strength train on my non-running days however, never before a longer run day.
I think I would do it the same day, and have a day to recover from soreness. Just my opinion.
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OK - So if I am doing C25K on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when should I do lower body strength training.
I'm of two minds - I could do it on the same days as I run, but that might overstrain the lower body. Or, I could do it on my off days, but then I'm running the day after I strength training. What do you think I should do?
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