A well rounded running routine doesn’t just mean time on the road and hills. To be a stronger, faster and less injury-prone runner you should include some cross training. Not only will it give your running muscles some well deserved rest it will improve your fitness, strength and speed.
Strength training should be incorporated into your schedule to correct muscle imbalances and also to strengthen and improve the function of those muscles that will be used again and again when running. Running is a very repetitive motion and therefore runners are prone to overuse injuries. I am sure you have heard the expression “weak glutes”, for instance, and hamstring and glute (bottom) exercises are imperative to improve your pushing off and avoid lower leg and knee injuries. It is also important to train your core and upper body to retain good posture when running.
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