I believe you are in the military… am I correct?
I dont know about you or what unit you were in but I was in a SF unit for 5 years and we did weighted runs quite a bit. Sometimes just full kit, boots and cammies runs on the beach and other times a ruck with a 40lb sand bag in it.
That was required PT for us so thats why I used to do it… i don’t do any weighted distance running anymore just the occasional “sprints” with a 20lb weight vest. [/quote]
well the problem with running weighted is mainly the tarmac or concrete you are on, with that extra weight it smashes your joints every single step. On the beach it’s a lot less of an impact and stress on your joint.
I personally wouldn’t run weighted, but doing it from time to time I can’t imagine it would do too much damage, but I wouldn’t make it a daily thing.
edit: To the OP, I wouldn’t worry about it, maybe do it a few times to get used to it, but you most likely will not be running wearing anything over 20lb packs in the military, regardless of the branch.[/quote]
there wouldnt be much of a difference in running with a 20 pack or gaining 20lbs of BW and then running. I dont see how its going to destroy your knees and ankles… you just have to build up to it[/quote]
Thanks for the advice guys. I run on a trail in the woods though, so it’s not concrete, but it’s pretty hard dirt.
And I quoted this post, because I just wanted to say it would be a miracle if I ever put on 20 lbs haha. I’m 130, I can eat pretty heavy, I hardly even watch my diet, and I’m still damn skinny, which is one reason I want to jog with a pack. I don’t want to go all out cardio and start cutting muscle when I’m already pretty damn skinny.