I know I have to get outdoors and run more, but another reason I get drawn to sticking to the treadmill too much is I love hitting the weights after I run in the gym. It’s important to remember that running shouldn’t be just about hitting the road. It helps immensely to build your muscles – both upper and lower – with resistance training.
After doing a speed workout on the treadmill today I moved over to the weights and did some upper body exercises. If you are in the same boat as me – not trying to enter any upcoming Mr. Olympia competitions – don’t get caught up in the amount of weight. Stick to weights (I prefer to use dumbbells for most exercises) that you can do between 10-20 reps. Do exercises you like and change up your routine. You won’t get bored and you will also keep your muscles guessing.
You are also likely to find some weight exercises that work great for you. One of the best for overall running benefits and leg strength is simple lunges. Work these into your routine a couple times a week and you will feel the benefits quickly.
Countdown to Danbury Half Marathon – 10 days!