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Ask Me Anything: Which Training Program Is Best With Running?
This week’s question is from Jed. He averages around 35-50 miles a week but wants to be able to lift 2-3 days as well. He asked which one of our training programs would be a good fit for him. Jerred and Joe tackle another good question and give their ideas for the best fit for him and others who are running!
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All right, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the garage gym athlete podcast Jerred. Moon here with Joe Courtney. What’s up, Joe?
Hey, Jared, what are we talking about today?
Talking about running and conjunction with programming. So this is a question from Jed, he gave a good backstory, I’m not gonna read the full backstory. I do appreciate the backstory, let me just say that for anybody who’s submitting it, I love more information as opposed to less because it gives me context to be able to answer the question better. But this is very specific to him. So essentially, Jed averages 35 to 50 miles of running a week, mostly in the aerobic zone, he is training for trail running. And he wants some plan to go in conjunction with that. So his primary thing is running, right? And he’s looking at our programs. And he’s like, what could I do to supplement this running? And he has a full garage gym at his disposal. So where would you throw him, Joe? Where would you throw him in our arena of training.
So if he feels or if anyone feels that they have their running, programming professionally set out, you know, you have your two or three days of the miles that you’re going to get and you just want the balancing side, I would say strength because it’s going to be the into the Yang of all the running that you’re going to be doing. And while there’s some still a little bit of conditioning and strength, it’s going to focus more on strength and balancing and building keeping strength while you are putting all those miles on your body. So if you just want the the DD balance and out to a running program that you’re doing, I say strength would be perfect for that. Or even shred and I know shred is more for hypertrophy and by geometry and stuff. But he, there’s a lot of other movements in there that are gonna balance you out all over the place, whether it’s holds tempos, building, you building the resilience of your body more for these longer trail runs in general, upper body and lower body. So I think those are, there’s gonna be plenty of conditioning in that as well. But I think just building the resilience for your body would be really, really good for all the running that you you’re going to be putting yourself through.
Yeah, I actually completely disagree. No, I’m kidding. I agree. I think I get this question a lot people email me a very similar question quite frequently. And my general recommendation is the strength track. So I like to send people to the strength track. Because if all you’re conditioning, like you’re saying is you kind of have checked that box and and also, you’re not really interested in, maybe you’re not interested in being well rounded. And I know that might sound weird to some people. But like, that’s what hard to kill is we’re trying to, we’re trying to make people well rounded in a bunch of different energy systems. So you’ll see aerobic you’ll see a glycolytic gives you see a bunch of different stuff. But if you’re trying to get very good at one particular thing, which is like running longer distances, faster than cool, you got that covered, then you just want some strength, and I would throw in the the strength track, because it’s going to kind of check that box for you, you know, and I get these questions from military athletes as well. Sometimes I recommend that they do hard to kill based off of what they tell me their their training is. But anytime you want to add something like if you’re already doing something and you’re looking to add, I would look at where your where your weaknesses are and not complement your strengths. Because some people can look at this very linearly and be like, well, I’m a more of an endurance athlete, I should be on the injured track. But then you’re really just gonna get confused with like, Okay, well, I already logged 17 miles on the enduro track this week, and I still want to run 50. So like, you know, screw it, just do low end energy system training with Joe, and get some strength training, and then have your longer conditioning on your own. So yeah, I would say shrink track 100%.
Yeah, and I’ve, you know, myself and even Dom are on strength track right now. And I love to have my lifting days and then I have days that I’m programmed that I do my longer runs and I just go and I’m just focusing on my runs because I just like being in that mindset of just doing that and I can put some some miles to it or the right emphasis on it. So I ended up bouncing out pretty well.
Awesome. Yeah, I got nothing else. I think that one’s pretty straightforward. That’s what I would do hit up that strength track. Alright guys, that’s it for this one. If you do have a question, go to garage gym athlete.com slash ama submit your question and we will answer it here on the show. I do appreciate everyone who has submitted the question. Question so far, we have more coming. Now. If you are on your podcast player, give us a five star review and a positive comment. We would really appreciate that. And then also, if you’re on YouTube watching us right now with our smiling faces. You could subscribe to the YouTube channel and give us thumbs up leave us a call Comment we really appreciate that either way guys, thanks for watching or listening