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Hit the gym! Here's why you should add high-weight/low-rep strength workouts to your routine:

Masters marathoners who want to improve their running economy might consider hitting the gym rather than the track, suggests a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research . Running economy is a measure of how efficiently you use the oxygen you take in while running. All other things being equal, if you improve your running economy, you should be able to run faster at the same effort level as you previously did at a slower pace (or you should be able to run the same pace with less effort). In running-workout terms, repeats lasting 1 to 2 minutes at about your mile race pace, with plenty of rest between, are usually prescribed for improving running economy. This new study looked at whether adding weight training to traditional marathon training could produce similar benefits. Sixteen marathoners in their early to mid 40s were split into three groups:...

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