Monday through Friday I strength train bright and early. Why? Because strength training makes you a better runner! It offers incredible benefits and helps chop up the monotony of running 5 days a week during training. In addition, you’ll get leaner, lighter, and faster.
Let me break it down:
1. You will be leaner because muscle burns fat. When you are strength training you are building more muscle, meaning you are burning more fat.
2. You’ll become faster!!!!!! The less fat you have the lighter you are (in terms of fat weight), and in the running world that is key. As described in “Racing Weight: Are You Really Lean Enough?”, there is a correlation between how lean a runner is and race time. You want to be light to move more quickly!
Not only because you are lighter from all the muscle you are building/ fat you are burning, but because you are improving your overall strength. You will be able to generate more force when kicking off the ground and fly towards the finish line 🙂
Melissa’s Public Service Announcement: There is a right way and wrong way to get lean. Take the right steps by running , strength training, and eating a clean, nutritious diet.
Back to the regularly scheduled program…
3. THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT OF ALL: You decrease your risk of injury (In case you are just tuning into my blog for the first time… I am a full supporter of anything that can help prevent injury). Strength helps to correct structural imbalances. There is always a dominant side, but weigh lifting offers an opportunity to narrow the gap between the “stronger” side and the “weaker” side of the body. In addition, it makes your body better at shock absorbing, which is critical in long distance running.
With that being said… get in the weight room! If you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to reach out!
If you are interested and want some science and research to prove the points I outlined check out these articles: