Strength is an often overlooked but very important factor in endurance athletes. There are two main types of strength: absolute strength and strength endurance. Absolute strength represents your ability to lift a maximal weight once (your one repetition max). Strength endurance is creating a sub-maximal force, and repeating it for a required number of repetitions. Running is a sub-maximal exercise and thus, the higher your absolute strength, the easier the repeated movement (your running stride) becomes.
The Peak Centre’s very own Lewis Morrison discusses the importance of including regular strength training into your plan and also offers a number of useful exercises that could be incorporated.
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