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5 Reasons Why Every Runner Should Cross-Train

5 Reasons Why Every Runner Should Cross-Train

When you do get injured, cross-training comes to the rescue by correcting the root cause of the problem, allowing you to get back on the road quickly and reducing the risk that this particular injury will recur. (An estimated 50 percent of all running injuries are re-injuries.) For example, eccentric strengthening of the calf muscles is a very effective way to correct the root cause of Achilles tendinosis, which is essentially an inability of the calf muscles to properly absorb impact forces. Non-impact cardio workouts can be used to maintain your aerobic fitness while your running is limited due to injury. Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi used this strategy with great success when injuries hampered his running in the lead-up to the 2004 Olympic Trials Marathon. By replacing a number of runs with bike workouts, he was able to build enough fitness despite his injury s...

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