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Strengthen your upper body with these three moves

I still remember my high school track coach yelling at me “use your arms” as I raced the 400 meters. He always stressed that our arms were just as important as our legs for speed and that we should use them to drive our runs. It turns out he knew what he was talking about. Running […]

Tips for balancing running and strength training

How to balance running and strength training

At the start of every training plan, I have the best of intentions. I always vow to strength train regularly to prevent injuries and build speed. Usually, I’m good about sticking to a weightlifting regimen for the first few weeks. But eventually all the long runs, speedwork sessions, and lifting begin to take their toll on my […]

Forget the gym! Try these body weight exercises for runners

Body weight workouts for runners

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: runners need to strength train. Regularly resistance training can make you faster, lower your risk for injuries, and help you tone up and trim down. But strength training requires a membership to a gym – or at least owning a few sets of dumbbells – right? […]

Workouts you can do at home with hand weights

Working out with hand weights

Most of us have a random set of hand weights around the house. But do you use yours much? I sure don’t. I went on a mission to find a bunch of quick workouts that use hand weights. As a runner, I often focus on my lower body, so taking even 10 minutes a day […]

How weak hamstrings may be hurting your running

Weak hamstrings may be hurting your running and making it feel harder.

It’s no secret that many runners don’t strength train enough – I’m guilty, too. (Psst we’ve already shared why runners need to strength train regularly). Here’s some news that may surprise you, though: distance runners often have too much muscle in a certain area. I know you’re scratching your head. Most distance runners aren’t big […]

7 best strength training moves for runners

best strength training moves for runners

Recently we shared why runners need to strength train. If you’re ready to make lifting a part of your routine but don’t know where to begin, we’ve got you covered. These basic strength training moves target runners’ weak spots. Don’t sweat it if you don’t have a gym membership. All you need to do these […]

5 reasons why runners need to strength train


It’s something all runners know they should do, but how many of us actually strength train regularly? High fives to those of you who do! I always have good intentions at the start of a new training cycle. I pencil in strength training days and even hit the weight room regularly for the first few […]