Strength to run
In our January newsletter, we discussed cross training, and caught up with Mark Blicavs. Strength exercises are an integral part of a running program.
Running is a dynamic and single leg activity. We require stability and good range (mobility) to perform it with good form.
There will be a certain amount of muscular strength built through the types of training we do eg hills, long runs, however we also require supplementary training for posture, stability and good muscular activation patterns (to avoid injury and increase performance).
Top elite coaches in the world, will add up tp 5 sessions per week of varying strength routines. In general 1-2 is adequate and you will see the benefits.
It is not about increasing muscle mass but the recruitment and firing of the muscle (and its order).
When we add weight or resistance, we build muscular endurance.