Myth: The only way to get better at running is by running. Truth: Strength training is an essential component of becoming a better runner. Aside from the obvious leg muscles that need to be worked in other ways than just running to avoid injury and overtraining, there are tons of postural muscles that need to be worked to be strong and mobile to provide stability and improve the integrity of running form. Without these postural muscles, running form breaks down, which leads to injury, meaning a long road to recovery (pun intended). Below is a workout from Monica Eiler, ISSA-CPT that will work all the muscles a runner needs to stay healthy enough to run year-round.
1a. Burpee, 5×15
1b. Weighted Side Shuffle, 5×25 per side
1c. Australian Pull-Up, 5×10
2a. Jumping Lunges, 4×26
2b. Squat, 5×20
2c. In-Place High Knee Jog, 4×60 seconds
2d. Single-Leg Leg Press, 4×20
3. 30 second intervals of stairs, 4 rounds, 1 minute rest between
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