Happy Monday everyone! I thought it would be nice to start this week off by sharing some strength training with you all! This can be found in my Running Guide and I absolutely swear by it!
The health of your knees and hips are very important for your running success. The exercises found below focus on specific muscle groups and joints used by distance runners. The biggest benefit of strength training is that it will help prevent injuries. These exercises are made up of simple and basic movements that most anyone can do, and they require no weights or equipment.
Plank: Hold for 1 minute
Squats: 15 reps
Straight Leg Raises: 30 seconds
Single Leg Deadlifts: 12 on each side
Wall Sits: Hold for 30 seconds
Side-leg Raises: 30 seconds
This simple program should take no longer than about 20 minutes, and it is low impact with little resistance. Any strength training that you do needs to support your running rather than get in its way. Some soreness is expected when starting a new routine, but being so sore you cannot run means you are over doing it.
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