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Anyone training for any race can use these tips, but we've paired them with week three of our customized training schedule for the Omaha Marathon in September. Check out the 5K, 10K, half- and full-marathon plans here.
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One of the biggest mistakes athletes make is thinking that running exclusively will make them a better runner. For years people training for a race ran more miles more often to get in the best shape possible, thinking it would help them complete their goal.
Of course someone hoping to finish a marathon – or any endurance event – needs to run a considerable amount. But they also need to do strength exercises, train their core and not neglect overall movement patterns.
Training one way for a prolonged period of time, no matter the type, always leads to imbalances because most other major muscle groups are neglected. So are the supporting muscles that “bridge” one group to another to allow fluid movements.
The bodyweight exercises in this program work all the major muscle groups. This will make you a stronger, more injury-resistant runner. Bonus: The exercises can be performed anywhere, from a dorm to a basement floor to a park at lunchtime. No more excuses!
Some of the text above was a paraphrased excerpt from one of Brett Stewart's upcoming books, “FXT: Functional Cross Training.”