I think you should only run if you enjoy it. There are healthier things and better things for physique that can be done [/quote]
Yea, I have to agree with Ryan on this one.
I spent a portion of high school as a XC runner, and another portion as a swimmer. I always had more muscle, was leaner, and could eat more as a sprinter in the pool than during XC season.
I don’t think I chalk it up to mere bro-science that it in fact makes your metabolism more efficient and will ultimately be pretty damned catabolic if there’s not enough intense weight training go on to prevent that.
Sure there are anecdotes to the contrary, but these are guys who maintained their physiques IN SPITE of SS cardio…not because of it. [/quote]
You know I like speaking with you and I think you’re reasonable.
But you’re speaking of competitive cross country, which involves specializing in running and making running the bulk of one’s training regimen. I speak of a few runs per week with strength training being the bulk of training. [/quote]
Haha, you know as soon as I posted that, I knew you’d raise this exact objection. That’s why I compared it to competitive swimming, to level that playing field…two very extreme examples of 2 hours a day of varsity level conditioning. Both were very time consuming endeavors and were definitely the bulk of my training; however, the drastic differences on my physique were enough to tell me there’s something to it, at least for me. Seeing how my body responded to high intensity intervals v. 5-10 mi daily runs, it’s been a no-brainer to me as to my cardio regimen on top of weight training.
I still consider myself to be very young to this world and generally very open to new ideas and changing my own ideas quite often; however, this is just the one area I stand with the most conviction. I do deeply believe certain forms of cardio are just superior from a physique stand point…heck, even a performance stand point, but that’s a whole other discussion =)
And I understand your OP is more about the fact that a little here and there won’t mess up progress, won’t send you into instant catabolism and fat storing mode. I more or less agree. Same can be said about some holiday cheat meals, a few drinks on a friday night, a shortened training session, etc. So if you enjoy a jog on the beach, by all means, go have fun! But other than that there really is no reason whatsoever.