With the added mileage and more intense training that comes with marathon training, it's common to be worried about running injuries and how to avoid them. We asked Pure Sports Strength and Conditioning Coach James Phillips how to reduce our risk of running injuries without compromising on running performance.
Strength training improves tissue and muscle tolerance while improving endurance and performance, by reducing the energy required for each running stride.
Try exercises such as:
- One legged lower body exercises; split squats, Bulgarian squats, and step-ups help improve strength in the legs and control in the hips
- Core work; planks, dead bugs and rollouts all improve core strength and pelvic control
- Bridging exercises; glute bridges, hip thrusts, bench bridges and hamstring pull-ins help enhance the strength of overlooked but important posterior chain muscles like glutes and hamstrings
The Best Exercises for an Active Recovery