Why Running AND Powerlifting?
When you think of a typical runner, you think: lean, mean, endurance machine. On the other hand, when you think of a typical powerlifter, you think: thick, bro, powerhouse.
My point is running and powerlifting don't appear to have much in common. So, why and how can you do both? Here are my reasons why, then I'll go into the how.
Why running and powerlifting:
- Both activities make me feel empowered. With running, I love the feeling after I pushed myself to run a little faster or a little longer than I did last time. With powerlifting, it's amazing to be capable of putting on more weight for a lift than you did last week and see yourself getting stronger.
- Each pushes me to be mentally stronger. We all encounter mental blocks in life that make us say, "I don't know if I can do this." Both running and powerlifting help me prove to myself that I can usually do more than I believe I'm capable of, I just have to put in the work and go for it.
- Both promote a positive body image. Running is good for heart health and is a great exercise, while powerlifting (and lifting in general) helps with bone strength and helps shape the body.
- Each makes me better at the other. Lifting makes me stronger which makes me run faster (yes, I increased my pace by about 1:00 min/mi since starting lifting!). Running helps me complete long, tough lifting workouts with that heart health and endurance.
- Last, they work together to give me the body look I want. Powerlifting builds muscle to give my body fullness and curves. Running provides the means to keep trim and see those hard-earned muscles.
How can you do both at the same time?
Now that you have the why, now the how. I strategically plan the timing of my workouts. Some days, I will do short runs (1-3 miles) and lift a body part, typically upper body. Some days, I only lift - these are typically full body or leg days. Some days, I only run - these are typically longer runs (5+ miles). The bottom line: planning is key and you can train both at the same time. You just have to find what works for you and plan accordingly!
Moral of the story: Running and powerlifting combined, can and do work together to make you feel empowered, mentally stronger, promote a positive body image, and make you better at the other!