Hi, new here so this post is also by way of introduction! I'm Paul from Naas in Ireland and I've been lurking around for a couple of weeks.
I have many questions, but maybe I should try to keep them in separate posts to avoid confusion? I put my basics in my profile about my experience and general condition of health.
My question is about using my swim as a warm-up, and warm-up in general. Up until this week I swim 4-5 times a week, usually 60 lengths (1500 meters) in 30-35 mins. Could this count as a warm-up before a run or would I need to walk first to warm up specific muscles? I guess time is the issue here. If I am dedicating 5-6 days a week to training I need to keep it realistic.
I would love some general warm-up and stretching tips. I know there are countless tips online, but I'm really interested in hearing people's personal preferences, specific stretches for each category, how long you warm up for. For example, I found a programme for running from scratch and it recommends starting with 27minute walk and just 3min run in week one, but it also says your warm-up should be: 5m walk, 1m jog, 5m walk, light stretch, 5m walk, proper stretch, then your 27m walk, 3m run, 10-20m cool-down walk, stretch. does this not seem excessive? I can appreciate you would need this amount of warm up, stretch, cool-down for a 30 minute run, but do I need to do all that for 3 mins?
It's all new to me but it's very exciting and addictive and I love that the forum seems really enthused about your (our) sport! thanks guys, Paul