Here’s a round up of some of my favorite home strength training workouts for runners. There’s a list of runner’s workouts below you can scroll down to see if you want a short cut (because I start off with my thoughts on why it’s important). Hope it helps you run better, faster & stronger! Let’s go…
Hello! I’ve been doing more strength training since running the Dopey Challenge in January. While I was training for the WDW Marathon Weekend I did a lot of recovery and stretching but let strength training fall off the training plan. (The Dopey Challenge is to run the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon & Full Marathon during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January.) It requires A LOT of running because it’s back to back races and you need to be ready to run on tired legs.
But even with ALL THAT RUNNING I wasn’t in great shape at the end of training for the Dopey Challenge. I gained weight. I felt bigger and more jiggly on race day than I was just a few months before. Part of that has to be that I was eating more than I was burning. But another reason I didn’t feel in shape is because I was skipping the strength training that really helps me look and feel stronger.
After the Dopey Challenge I took two weeks off from running and had a lot of extra time and energy to get back to strength training. I’d forgotten how much I liked it and how fast it makes a difference in looking more fit and in shape. Every body is different so ya know… results may vary and all that. I just know that my body responds pretty fast to strength training and I look more toned after just a few weeks.
Why am I raving about strength training? I put up a question box in Instagram Stories (@RunEatRepeat) and someone asked for strength training for beginners. This runner’s question is… ‘Beginner Strength Training for Runners? I prefer at home workouts with dumbbells, bands, body weight.’
And I got excited because I think strength training is an important part of running. Whether your running for fitness or weight loss OR running to train for a race – strength training can help you crush your goals. I’m hoping this whole happy rant helps pique your interest in strength training if you’re a new runner, new to strength training or just skip it.
Here’s a round-up of Strength Training Workouts for Runners that I’ve shared in the past. I wanted to respond to the question fast so you can use those right away. And I’ll share the new strength training workouts I’ve been doing lately in another post.