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Posted by SuperDave
on July 03, 2000 at 09:12:36:
In Reply to: Gaining unintentional bulk from running? posted by Julie on June 30, 2000 at 19:42:28:
You are now using some of your muscles in ways that you haven't used them in the past. They have responded by getting larger. I don't know how much you know about muscle development so please forgive me if I insult your knowledge here. When you begin to place stress on a muscle, it immediately responds by creating new nerve endings in the muscle. This actually helps you to use the muscle better and allows the body to meet the demands that have been placed on it without having to add muscle (which it would really rather not do). This period probably lasts about two weeks(?). After the muscle has the most nerve endings it can support (depending on the kind of stress it is subjected to) it panics and starts to add muscle at an accelerated rate (yes panics, how does it know you aren't running away from grizzly bears every day?). Sorry for getting a little off track, my point is that you shouldn't worry about getting thicker because your rate of muscle gain will slow down dramatically very soon, just ask any experienced weightlifter. I would love to go back to my highschool days where I seemed to be putting more weight on the bar almost every week. I guess my body figured that if the grizzly bear I am trying to get away from hasn't caught me by now, I must be pretty safe(haha). I am not a big time runner by any means, but I have ran (and do run lightly) and I have a few friends who are serious runners so I do have a little knowledge in this area. Hope this helps, and please keep up the exercise.
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