In 2005 New York Marathon was the first international road marathon I ran, 10 years later I ran The Athens Classic Marathon & lots in between (10k, halfs, marathons road & trail).
I trained the traditional way, followed my running plan, got my miles in & ticked the boxes. On the start line of New York, I went in with a knee niggle that I developed during training, strapped up & cracked on. At mile 14 of New York that knee niggle developed into a full-blown issue affecting my running style, biomechanics, overall movement patterns which affected my ankle, foot, ITB & back. I finished under 5 hours… I was naffed off, I knew better! I had the knowledge & I wasn’t fully applying it.
It was at that point in my career I dived heavily into researching the art & science of running, to optomise every facet of performance in that area.
Obsessed- I tested out current science research, theories, interviewed people who excelled in their field, worked with clients with full knowledge of the undertaking & kept refining the outcomes.
A decade later I ran The Athens Classic Marathon in the blistering Greek midday sunshine, finishing over an hour faster (& 10 years older), no problems physically or mentally & with astonishing recovery. I felt like I’d glided over the road with every stride.
WHAT I KNEW & APPLIED TRAINING FOR ATHENS MARATHON
Structured effective cross training for aerobic stamina with indoor cycling. All the cardiovascular benefits without the high impact of running.
I designed a nutritional plan that got me to my ideal weight, retained muscle mass & optomised endurance, performance & recovery.
I kept testing my kit so it worked for me; trainers, materials, tops, shorts, under garments, drinks holders etc
Specific running training plan that combined all cross training facets
Active recovery during training & post race phase including; foam rolling, pilates, deep stretching, swimming, cold water immersion
WHAT I LEARNT THAT MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE
That strength training had multiple benefits; reduced my run time, no injuries & quicker recovery.
I designed my own progressive strength resistance training plan that allowed me to get stronger without compromising my running training.
I had more power in my stride which stopped other muscles compensating & imbalances occurring. I focused on strengthening my hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings & quads, which helped stability, balance & my running ability.
I improved my core strength by doing compound exercises with heavy weight, which improved my running form & posture, reducing the risk of injury.
Strength training improved my running speed & economy. I was stronger, had more power & therefore longer strides, more pace to drive up hills, speed on the flat & downhill control.
HOW TO GET STARTED
If you have never lifted weights before, please follow a plan & get advice on correct technique & form for all exercises.
Start light & aim to progressively increase your weight every 4 to 6 sessions.
Aim for 2 sessions a week & then move to 3.
Click the 🔗 here to see all my strength resistance training classes that you can do whilst running training for any event or off season to build a phenomenal foundation.
Thank you for reading
Any questions about running & strength please ask me.
Love Tracy x