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    Riding Days vs. Running Days for Spartan style race?

    I've recently started running in preparation for a 3 mile fun run / spartan style race. Not being a "runner" and not wanting to lose riding days I'm trying to figure out a schedule so I don't burn my legs out. (Race is in 3 weeks. Did I mention I hate running ) Any advice on riding / running schedule?

    ***(I can run the 3 miles without falling down into the fetal position and hyperventilating and lately my typical riding consists of about 6-10 miles of trail riding 3-4 times a week...)

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    Try training with these dudes.

    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    ^^^ new that one was coming but didn't think it would happen so quick...

    Anybody with running and riding experience mind commenting...

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    NOTE: I am not a specialist or professional in any field related to this topic, but once upon a time I earned a kinesiology degree.

    Quote Originally Posted by SLOCanucker
    I've recently started running in preparation for a 3 mile fun run / spartan style race. Not being a "runner"...
    How much prep have you already done? (# days, time/miles/intensity?) Does this race have the types of obstacles I am envisioning?

    If you're thinking of doing both in one day, ride first. But I'd not suggest it, since this sounds like a single running event, not any kind of biathlon.

    If you're in decent aerobic shape, and the race is in 3 weeks, your primary concern is injury-prevention. Running workouts with lots of mild warm-up, stretching (upper and lower body), and cool-down. After warming up (10-15 minutes of light activity) and stretching, you want to slowly acclimate your body to the type of activity you expect to do on race day. So throw out long aerobic runs and high-intensity intervals (or similar). Short runs (1-4 miles) with the occasional "acceleration" to your expected race pace (or slightly faster) thrown in, done maybe between 1-3 times/week. Before your basic cool-down, 1-2 times/week add a few calisthenic- or plyometric-type exercises.

    In any case, you want to 1) not get injured and 2) try to have fun.

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    You got it... My wife says I have a tendency to overdue things so I don't want to over stress the non familiar running muscles... (Its mainly a running event with a whole bunch of fun obstacles thrown in.)

    Quote Originally Posted by pwoods
    In any case, you want to 1) not get injured and 2) try to have fun.
    I found this chart so I think I'll use this and maybe throw in a couple of quick 1 hour rides a week. Thx for the advice... (the chart didn't copy well but you'll get the gist...)

    5K Training Schedule for Beginners
    Mon Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    Rest 2.25 mi run CT or Rest 1.5 mi run Rest 2.25 mi run 25-35 min EZ
    Rest 2.5 mi run CT or Rest 2 mi run Rest 2.5 mi run 25-35 min EZ
    Rest 2.75 mi run CT 2 mi run Rest 2.75 mi run 35-40 min EZ
    Rest 3 mi run CT 2 mi run Rest 3 mi run 40 min EZ
    Rest 3 mi run CT or Rest 2 mi run Rest Rest 5K Race!

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    What is a "Spartan" style race??


    EDIT: Nevermind, google: http://www.spartanrace.com/

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    Looking at some of the videos, I hope you're doing pushups/pullups in addition to riding/running.... Maybe some lunges too.

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    Yea not to worried about the "events" (except for the running lol) but definitely been doing push ups etc...

    We're doing this one... http://www.warriordash.com/register2011_socal.php

    Looks like it will be fun!

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