Gym,  Running

Do I even lift anymore? – Dumbbells Vs Marathons

It’s been a while since I did a gym related blog post so I thought I’d give a short update.

Now that I’m running 6 times a week, gym sessions are hard to come by. It’s not even just that I’m busy, I don’t always have the energy to go or just don’t want to use up my energy.

Saying that, I can’t really afford to not go to the gym anymore and I also love going. For me, the gym isn’t just about the actual lifting weights part, it’s about the whole process. You get to chill with your mates, have a laugh and then obviously make some gains.

At the moment, I’m still going to the gym at least 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday and the weekend. I’m in the process of sorting out a new split because I can’t really do push/pull/legs with only 3 sessions. If anyone has any ideas let me know!

I can’t hide from the fact that I am losing a lot of size but it’s just something I have to get used to. I just need to get round the confidence issue’s that being ‘skinny’ gives me, or used to give me. I am a lot more comfortable in my own skin now though, so only time will tell.

That’s basically all I wanted to say on this post.. I had a few people ask me how I’m dealing with the gym and running at the same time.

In terms of Dumbbells V Marathons, marathons are winning right now. My priority is definitely running for now, just because I’m so invested in getting better and hitting my goals. However, I still love the gym and can’t ever see myself going less than 3 times a week, I’d go crazy.

Let me know if you have the same issue or have any advice. Thanks for reading, peace.


As someone has suggested, I’ll probably cut down on the gym in the weeks just before the Paris marathon to save energy. I hadn’t even thought of that until it was suggested so keep the help coming!


  • Ordinary Runner

    interesting dilema. I’m actually doing the same in reverse. Spent the last 2 years fully focussed on marathons & ultras to the extent that my upper arms look like chicken wings after theyve been eaten. I have plenty m,ore long run events planned for next year but I’m less focussed on time so Ive decided to spend the winter months focussing much more on upper body strength and muscle gain. Will be interesting to see the changes this makes in my running come spring.

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