First of all, let's establish one thing.
If you want to become a better runner, what do you have to do? You have to run.
However, there are a lot of auxiliary components that make great runners. Nutrition, rest and strength training are a few that come to mind. These components create the complete, dynamic runner and allow you to achieve great performances.
On the topic of strength training, we are big believers in runners lifting heavier weights and lower reps versus the converse of lighter weights and high reps. Running builds endurance, lifting builds strength.
Here is a great article on that from Competitor.com on How Should Runners Lift Weights?
From the article:
The real key is knowing how to lift weights effectively. Runners are not bodybuilders and they are not lifting just for general health. Instead, they’re lifting for three main reasons:
- To get stronger
- To prevent injuries
- To race faster
When accomplishing these goals, runners need a different approach in the weight room than your typical boot camp class.
So shake up your paradigm this winter. Stop lifting light. Get in the weight room and challenge yourself! And as you do, remember the golden rule to improvement: Gradual adaptation.