Saturday, 13 February 2016

Strength for days!

It is a long weekend here in Alberta and I am so happy to have that extra day for family time.  Today we got a bunch of new books from the library for Weston and we have a couple of little valentines day treats planned for him.

Today I want to talk about strength training.  I don't think it is a secret that it is the weakest part of my exercise regime. When I do get in strength work it is usually in a HIIT class, which is no doubt a great training option, but not necessarily runner specific.  Also, in full disclosure, given the option I am likely to do anything but strength.

As I reflect on some of my running injuries and the frustration that comes with taking time off, I decided it was time to make a concerted effort to get stronger.  Here is what I was looking for:

  • Runner specific training
  • Minimal time for maximum benefit
  • An easy to follow plan that didn't make me feel intimidated
  • Exercises that I could easily do at home when the gym isn't feasible.
After spending a bit of time on youtube trying to put together some semblance of a plan, I decided to take another route and look for injury prevention specific training.  This search led me back to Strength Running.  I have been a follower of his blog for a while now but had never actually purchased a plan.  Last week I finally did! 

His question is simple: Do you want to run faster with fewer injuries? Umm, yes please!

I chose the injury prevention plan which includes 2 books, PDF descriptions of the workouts, and access to videos demonstrating the exercises.  The books were very informative.  As a runner who has had almost every injury he talks about I had a few aha moments where I realized what I may have done wrong to rehab.

Here is the best part: the workouts are not super time intensive.  I have done one six days this week and the max time was about 20 minutes.  I do the core workout watching TV.  

The most interesting thing I have learned so far is this: strength training is just one part of an injury prevention plan.  Other elements are smart training and nutrition amongst others.

Ahh the complexity of being a successful runner ;)

If you want to see more, here is a link to the core workout (my new favourite!!) 

Are you a frequently injured runner??
Do you love or loathe strength workouts??


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