LeterBuck800
Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 8:31PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I am training at a high level & trying to run a 1:47 800 next year. Can my body afford to stand all day on my feet for 8 hour work days Mon-Fri for my summer job?

What does everyone think?
robert saget
RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 8:58PM - in reply to LeterBuck800 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I managed it one summer. I wasn't quite on your level (sub-4:00 1500).

Some tips:

I stole a sitting break when ever I could, and brought a Stick to work and used that whenever I could to get some circulation.

Compression socks are your friend. They will keep a lot of blood circulating through your lower legs which will cut down on some of the restlessness. Compression half tights can help too but they can get kinda smelly.

Run BEFORE you go to work. By the time you get out, you won't feel like doing anything and your legs will feel a little weird, so get that run out of the way.
Normality
RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 9:04PM - in reply to robert saget Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I agree with Mr. Saget 100%
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RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 9:05PM - in reply to LeterBuck800 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Get a different job
Louis5oh4
RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 9:42PM - in reply to LeterBuck800 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
It's definitely do-able. If you can get the training in, it's probably better than having a sit down job all day. I've done it before. Hated the job though.
Klo98
RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 10:20PM - in reply to Louis5oh4 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
When are you doing your training? I'm not elite level but do run everyday, compete in road races etc and have a standing job. I find it's much better for me to run in the morning after resting all night because if I try to run after, my legs feel like lead. I agree with compression socks, sitting breaks when you can and definitely at lunch. And after work I go home and pretty much stay off my feet the rest of the night. It's not ideal, but is probably doable.
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RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 10:21PM - in reply to robert saget Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

robert saget wrote:

Run BEFORE you go to work. By the time you get out, you won't feel like doing anything and your legs will feel a little weird, so get that run out of the way.
This.
LM
RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/10/2013 11:35PM - in reply to ` Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Wow, I'm really different than everyone else so far.

Far, far from elite (mid 17s), but when I worked and had to stand all day I generally felt ready to go after work unless it was a really lengthy 10+ hr shift. For things like 4-6 hours I definitely just felt like work loosened me up and I was ready to go.
Husker Do
RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/11/2013 2:48AM - in reply to LeterBuck800 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I'm in a similar situation but train for longer distances (1500-5k). If you're able to get quality workouts in before work I highly recommend going that route. Personally I feel like shit in the morning so on my harder days I end up doing 3 runs. A 4-7 miler in the morning, a 3-4 miler after work to shake out the legs and then the main workout a couple hours later. Its time consuming but trying to workout after standing on my feet all day usually doesn't go so well.
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RE: Help please! Training to be elite & standing on my legs all day 2/11/2013 10:31AM - in reply to LeterBuck800 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

LeterBuck800 wrote:

Can my body afford to stand all day on my feet for 8 hour work days Mon-Fri for my summer job?

What does everyone think?



Yes. It will make you stronger.