How does one prevent a decrease in muscle mass when running ( 6 miles
at 9 minutes a mile )?
I am a 6' 137 pound (25% body fat) 33 year old female who has been
running and weight training off and on for fourteen years ( more on
than off ). I am now, however, trying to concentrate more on building
mass ( 5-8 reps of a heavier weight ). I continue to run 6 miles a day
and am concerned about losing the muscle I am trying so hard to build
when I run. Specifically, I run 6 days a week and lift weights about
four hours a week.
I recently read in the book " The Edge", by Ben and Joe Weider, that
those who want to build muscle should not do more than 30 minutes of
cardio a day or they are defeating the purpose. Apparantly, they say
more than thirty minutes and your muscles will start shrinking.
Since I love running my six miles so much, I am trying to find a way
to avoid this problem while continuing my routine.
Would a protien/carb drink in the middle of my run help? How about
glutamine in the middle of my run? What can I do to make sure I am not
losing my muscle?