Power + Roga = P.R.

Strength Training And Yoga During Your Run Training Will Get You To Your P.R.

It’s been said time and time again that strength will make you a stronger runner and yoga will make you a less injury prone runner, but who actually listens to that advice?? Well, me for one. I’ve always incorporated strength into my run training and I’ve always been a stronger runner because of it. I crush the hills when everyone else is struggling up them…all thanks to squats, lunges, pushups, triceps dips, and many other strengthening exercises that I incorporate into my weekly training. Strength training is key if you want to become a stronger runner. Another component that should be added to any race training program is yoga. While I was training for the Boston Marathon in 2015, I was running 60, 70, 80 miles per week and most definitely would have gotten injured if I didn’t include Yoga into my program. I practiced Yoga at least twice per week and remained uninjured. I have yet to break my Half Marathon P.R. of 1:30 and my Full Marathon P.R. of 3:21 but I’m bound and determined to keep chasing them!! My recommendation for a race training plan that incorporates running, strength, and yoga is the following:

Monday: Comfortable, conversational run & core exercises

Tuesday: Speed work run

Wednesday: Strength & Yoga

Thursday: Comfortable, conversational run with hills & core exercises

Friday: Strength & Yoga

Saturday: Long, slow run

Sunday: Yoga