I read Meb Keflezighi’s book a few months ago; it’s called Meb For Mortals, and it covers what Meb believes are the key components of successful marathon training. One of the chapters is devoted to strength training and Meb shares why he believes it’s one of the most important things a runner should do. Like Meb, I also believe that strength training is critical, and especially for females since we are more prone to osteoporosis than men.
I think one of the main reasons that many female runners don’t do much strength training is because they’re reluctant to spend additional time – outside of running – working out at the gym. That’s why I like Meb’s approach to strength training; he chooses to do exercises that a) are most beneficial for running efficiency, injury and age prevention, and fat loss, b) can be done at home, in minimal time, and c) require minimal, if any, equipment. Strength training for runners does not have to involve pushing multiple sets of heavy weights; on the contrary, a few daily calisthenic-type exercises is all that’s needed.
To demonstrate what a “brief” daily strength routine might look like, I’ll show you some of Meb’s exercises in the videos below; keep in mind that you would need to do at least 10 to 20 repetitions of each exercise shown.
Check out next week’s post for Meb’s Strength Exercises – Part II