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Adding Relative Strength Is A Must For Distance Runners

Adding Relative Strength Is A Must For Distance Runners

To improve relative strength be sure to include some amount of strength training in your weekly workout routine. With runners, strength training often takes second fiddle to an extra run or track workout during a busy week, justified by the notion that more running makes a better runner. Two strength workouts per week gets cut down to one or zero during the spring months when staying inside for a workout is just as tough mentally as it is physically. Certainly, running is a skill that needs to be developed over time. Form increases with repetition, which means the more strides a runner takes, the better adapted he or she will be come race time. But this notion fails to acknowledge one crucial aspect of running performance and efficiency — strength. Runners have long been accused of neglecting the gym. Words like “weak core” and “inactive glutes” were thrown around, alongsi...

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