Strength training is said to have a number of benefits for runners. Here is a good list of potential benefits strength training can have for runners. If strength training does provide these benefits then I think it is an aspect that was really missing from my previous training programs.
In terms of my training it is something I had not included in my training until I started working with my coach last fall. Since I started. Working with my coach I have been including a series of exercises to work my core, legs and upper body.
Now I include a series of strength exercises twice a week. From planks, to dead lifts to back lunges I have gone from someone who did not include strength training to having it be a regular part of my training. In my basement you’ll now find dumbbells, a medicine ball, a stability ball and a series of resistance bands needed to complete the various exercises in my program.
Despite my setback in the Philadelphia Marathon I think the strength has benefitted me. I have improved my times in the 5 and 10 km since I started adding strength training to my routine. The big test will be in May when I run the Ottawa Marathon. If I can avoid the mistakes I made in Philadelphia I will be able to put my training to the test and go for a new personal best in the marathon, beating the time I set here in Ottawa last year.
What do you think of strength for runners? Do you add strength building exercises to your training routine?