This is a discussion on Ask: The Forum's Fitness Freaks! within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by birdsintrees Lower back strength. I see. And why would one want more lower back strength?...
There's also the pressure on the knees that I'd be worried about. You have to take care of those into your elderly years. :\
I'm not trying to scare you or anything because if you have the joint strength for deadlifting 500lbs+ then you'll probably be fine, but I do think that a life time of deadlifts and full squats will eventually take its toll on the knees. And your knees are very important for mobility.
Distance or speed?
I can walk 4-5 miles at a 15:30 pace for each mile and be exhausted with leg pain, or 10 miles at a 17 minute pace and feel totally fine.
Which would make me burn more calories and keep me in better shape?
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First time marathon training. Currently upto 13 mile long runs with one rest day / week. Weekly miles = 40. Towards the ends of long-run, there's some joint pain and the pace definitely drops. Is this typical and how do I improve the long-run mileage to the upper teens?