Running is not just about endurance. It is also about strength. To be a faster and stronger runner, many coaches recommend that runners pick up those gym weights and do some strength training as well.
According to Greatist.com, “using runner-specific strength exercises will increase structural fitness—or the ability of your bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles to withstand the impact of running. While most forms of strength training can help improve overall performance, adding heavy resistance exercises, in particular, can make you faster during the final sprint of a race.”
Below is a nice set of routines for the legs by StrongerRunner.com. These moves are explosive to maximizes lower body strength and power development potential. Start with a small set of weights. But an average runner can probably withstand 15-30 lbs.
Perform these dumbbell exercises for faster running on separate days and on non-running workout days.
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