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HERE'S HOW TO TEACH YOUR MIND TO LET YOU RUN LONGER AND STRONGER. S ANY RUNNER WHO'S EVER FELT HIS legs turn into lead anvils at the. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Matt Fitzgerald coaches online through caite.info and serves as a communications consultant to sports nutrition. Based on new research in exercise physiology, author and running expert Matt Fitzgerald introduces a first-of-its-kind training strategy that he's named.
The same has to be said for the exercises intended to support your running too! When it comes to strength training for distance runners, getting the exercises done is one a big part of the battle, but take the time to learn and execute great technique throughout each exercise.
Take a single leg squat for example; as I describe in this article, there are subtle tweaks that can make the exercise more quad biased, and other tweaks that make it more glute biased.
Consider your running form for a moment. Whenever one leg is going backwards, the other is coming forwards, the same can be said for the arms.
When your torso is rotated one way, your pelvis rotates the other… This asymmetrical and reciprocal repeats cyclically all over the body as we move from stride to stride. With these factors in mind, we can be specific with which types of exercise we choose when looking to develop more resilient running bodies.
Rather than standard squats and deadlifts with our legs working together in relative parallel, I always encourage runners to work on split squats and lunge variations where we work the hips in particular in different directions with each rep. I just quickly want to address one of the major objections I hear regularly when it comes to getting people into regular strength training workouts for runners.
But take it from me — an ex-rugby player who spent the best part of 10 years desperately trying to bulk-up: You need to be eat big to get big! This point is simple and leads into the next nicely.
If an exercise hurts, stop.
The best rule of thumb when it comes to strength training for distance runners, and running injuries, in general, is not to push through the pain. The vast majority of running injuries will get worse over time if you try to run through the pain, rather than better.
Top athletes will have regular screenings from a physio to help make better informed choices about how their strength programme should look.
Feel free to download this free plan using the link below:. I want to quickly address the topic of weight training for runners, as I am asked about it quite often, along with more specific queries about whether runners should perform exercises like heavy squats and deadlifts.
Instead of lifting light to moderate weights for high reps, as is the common wisdom amongst runners, aim to build up to heavy lifts of reps, and perform 5 sets with lots of recovery.
As with everything, technique is super-important when it come to lifting weights, so be sure to have somebody check your form. Having trained as a sports rehabilitation therapist, James now works exclusively with distance runners, helping athletes from beginner to pro to run stronger and pain free. Check out James' marathon training plan for beginners [PDF].
His transition into distance running has taught him what his body is capable of, a process which is ongoing! Read more Strength Imbalance: Training Your Weaker Side.
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Thanks James, this is something I have overlooked in the past but I will need to work on this year. Thank you for this James — this is a very valuable article and I look forward to implementing the workouts. Thanks for your time, I will definitely let others know.
Thanks for the support Esme! Hi James Thanks for this. One question please. I am a 52 year old male cyclist training for a marathon but suffer recurrent calf strains. I think my glutes need strengthening to provide more stability to the system overall.
Is this a common issue for cyclists and does the glute focus sound about right? Hi John.
Just noticed your comment and question about constant calf strains. I too get them. Did you sort the problem and if so how? I am very quad dominant so glutes are redundant. Great info as always!
For me personally I know I can never undertake a marathon training plan without having strength work in there. My body is very injury prone so strengthening it up is essential alongside running. Things like heavy relatively speaking! Thanks James, this a fantastic article! Your email address will not be published. Believe me, I get it… Above all else, us runners just want to run!
Performance Benefits of Strength Training for Runners? You may well be reading this nodding your head? If so, what follows will hopefully provide a helpful resource to help you combine your running schedule with an effective strength training plan… Ten Tips for Effective Strength Training for Distance Runners Here are a list of tips which will help you more effectively implement strength training and core training for runners into your marathon training plan: The work-life-training balance is a delicate thing, after all!
Fitzgerald compiled evidence from the latest research in exercise physiology that challenges conventional runner's wisdom by shifting focus to a "brain-centered" model. The two-part book begins with a well thought out presentation of the brain-training system applicable to runners of all experience levels. Fitzgerald's motto, "train the brain and the rest will follow," explains how the main goal of brain-training is to develop a heightened awareness for feedback from the running experience to increase maximal capacity, efficiency of stride and injury-prevention.
The three feedback loops--collective, objective and subjective--compose the awareness center of the brain-training system. The first step in transitioning to a brain-centered training model is with a thorough understanding of the feedback loops, which Fitzgerald explains extensively in the book. Basically, the collective feedback loop includes classic training strategies; the objective feedback loop records and applies your own performance data such as speed, distance and heart rate to customize the brain-training system; and the subjective feedback loop is information relayed from body to brain through experience.
Developing effective communication of this feedback is essential to getting the most from your training. Fitzgerald's journey through the biology of the brain was a tad overwhelming, but he actually suggests that the reader skip forward to the next section, which illustrates how well he knows his audience. For example, I can see how the scientific community would benefit from the breakdown of how the "fatty sheath insulates axon-dendrite connections," but it was over my head, so I chose to follow the author's advice and skip ahead to the section on brain-training plans.
These plans are for the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon distances and, as Fitzgerald explains, they are flexible to promote responsive training and injury-prevention. Before I encountered Fitzgerald's book, my training was struggling with a lack of direction, and I had two important events approaching: I applied the brain-centered system to my own training and competition.
As my focus shifted from body to brain, a fresh supply of potential was unlocked. I experienced my first brain-training breakthrough during my 5K race. I had just finished reading a section about the mechanism of "teleoanticipation," which Fitzgerald describes as "knowing intuitively just how much to hold back at the beginning of a maximal running effort to complete the effort without anything left in the tank, yet also without any decline in performance.
Three six-minute-miles later, I had done just that. During the past month of brain-training, I have not only run the fastest mile split of my athletic career in a 5K race, but I also completed my first mile ultra marathon less than two weeks later.
This book provided the mental edge I was looking for and was the catalyst for my recent performance breakthrough. My favorite advice from Fitzgerald is his incorporation of proprioceptive cues into each of these training plans. Fitzgerald states, "Proprioceptive cues are images and other sensory cues that enable you to modify your stride for the better as you think about them while running. As a multi-sport athlete, I was also happy with Fitzgerald's consistent focus on the customization of training.
His assimilation of cross-training and variety into workouts along with the "brain-centered" model made it a no-brainer for me to believe in this system. He even included a section on corrective stretches with pictures and descriptions of each yoga-like movement. Fitzgerald has taken the science of running to a whole new level with this book. Brain Training for Runners is for any runner searching for a customizable system that supports the continued development of the mind and the body.
I am training and competing on a whole new level because of what I discovered while reading this book and have never been more confident in my potential as an athlete because I now have a better understanding of how my brain regulates my body--not the other way around.