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Strength Training for Runners

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As a runner your primary form of exercise is probably running. That seems like a no-brainer, right?

But you may not be in the best possible shape because you’re neglecting other areas of your body. Maybe you’re struggling with injury and wondering how to get healthy and strong again.

In the book The Lore of Running Dr. Tim Noakes says that while running strengthens key muscles it can also cause a lack of flexibility in these same muscles. In the process the opposing muscles may become relatively underused and weaken. This can cause muscles imbalances which hamper your performance and even lead to injury.

I firmly believe that strength training will make you a more resilient runner. Here are six good reasons. Continue Reading →

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How to Build Muscular Legs

Guest Article by Fitness Expert and Triathlete Ben Greenfield

Of all the sports on the face of the planet, professional cycling produces some of the most impressive legs. But you don’t have to ride a bike for 4-6 hours a day to get those same rock-hard quads, rippling thighs, and powerful, muscular calves. Instead, in this article, you’ll learn how to use a highly effective series of strength and toning moves to get legs like Lance Armstrong.

By splitting the legs into three basic muscle groups, the quadriceps, the hamstrings and the calves, you can create a strategy for targeting each section. Here is how: Continue Reading →

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The Truth About Stretching

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Stretching after a run can reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, prevent joint injuries, and increase the muscle’s efficiency of movement (improving your overall speed, stamina, posture, balance, and form).

Stretching is also great for relaxation!

But unfortunately many runners do not have a good stretching routine. Or worse, their stretching is doing more harm than good! Continue Reading →

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What You Need to Know About Cross-Training

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Effective cross-training can make you a healthier and better balanced runner.

cross-trainingEverybody knows training for a marathon requires lots of running.  But, other exercises need to be incorporated into your training regimen to ensure that you cross the finish line strong and healthy. 

When I trained for my first marathon I ran at least 5 days per week and did little cross training.  Throughout my training program I struggled with shin splints and knee pain.  It was frustrating to deal with these injuries. 

While training for my second marathon I was taking a power yoga class twice a week.  I also incorporated weight training and some cycling. 

My marathon training program only required 3 days of running per week and emphasized cross-training.  Here is a sample week from my training: 

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