Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise, but it can be challenging. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie, there’s one thing that can hold you back from reaching your goals: soreness and injuries.
Getting sore and injured is frustrating.
You want to get out and run, but your body is telling you to take it easy.
Each run that is missed or altered builds a little anxiety. You may also feel like you’re losing all your fitness.
Whether you’re running great or feeling sore or injured, I’m here to remind you to stick to your strength training.
Strength training is the key to hitting your goals and staying injury-free. You’ll build injury resistance and boost your speed by targeting the correct muscles — but also in the right way.
But what does that mean for runners specifically? It would be best to focus on exercises that directly impact your running.
What are the best places to start? Core strength, balance, and glute strength.
Each area is crucial for maintaining proper running form and preventing injury.
Here are three easy-to-add exercises:
- Side Planks (5×20 seconds)
- Side Lunges (2 sets of 10)
- Speedskaters (2 sets of 10)
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The RunSmart app offers a comprehensive strength training program to help runners of all levels build strength.
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You can build complete training plans that incorporate strength training — or can add one to your existing plan.
Everything is accessible from our app, meaning it’s easy to fit a strength session into your busy schedule.
Don’t let soreness and injuries keep you from crushing your goals on race day — build your strength!