There’s no reason to neglect strength training while training for a race! Simple, short and effective workouts are where it’s at.
Strength work while training for a race will most likely vary from when you’re in an “off season”. In fact, it should be different.
The biggest struggle my clients face when they begin working with me, is fitting in strength work. It’s also usually the first thing to go when the weekly mileage starts to add up and they barely have time to squeeze in a run.
That’s when I assign them “mini workouts”. Mini workouts are not to be confused with easy workouts. They are short, doable workouts that can easily be paired with another workout.
Tips for Incorporating Mini Workouts Into Your Race Training Plan
- Mini workouts should be done three times a week, if you are not doing any other strength training.
- If you’re doing full strength workouts at least once a week, then supplement with two mini workouts each week.
- Be sure each mini workout targets core muscles for runners or any specific muscle weaknesses or imbalances you may have.
- Work until fatigued, but not until your form suffers.
- Be consistent.
- Commit to your strength work the same way you do to your runs.