26 Dec '14, 9am

The key to staying injury-free? Build strength:

Long runs, hill repeats, and intervals make a runner's body strong. But to propel you forward, your body relies heavily on a few specific muscles that can become so mighty that they overpower lesser-worked areas like your glutes, back, and certain muscles in your shins and quads. This imbalance can put stress on joints, ligaments, and the muscles themselves, says Kevin Vincent, M.D., Ph.D., director of the University of Florida Running Medicine Clinic. Strengthening these weaker supporting players will keep your muscle groups working in complementary fashion so you can perform your best and ward off injury . The following exercises target common imbalances. Perform the sequence two or three days a week, on either cross-training or easy run days. Bonus: Do them barefoot to give the stabilizing muscles in your feet and ankles an extra challenge.

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