Maybe you’re plagued by injuries.
Maybe it’s too cold/icy/windy/[insert excuse here] to run outdoors today.
Maybe you’re burned out and want to shake up your routine a little bit.
Or maybe you want to finally break past a plateau to become a stronger, faster, more efficient runner.
While there’s certainly something to be said for hill repeats, speedwork, and long runs, there’s more to running than … well, just running. Strength training and stretching have not only been found to improve overall running performance, they can also help you prevent injury.
Yes, I know it’s time-consuming. It’s boring. You have places to go and people to see. But if you can take fifteen to thirty minutes after each run to perform some simple exercises and stretches, you’ll reap the benefits faster than you might expect. It also may prevent you from being forced to stop running (injuries beat stubbornness every single time).
And before you say you “can’t” because you can’t afford a gym membership or fancy equipment, I’ll tell you that none of that is required. You have no more excuses.