Benefits of Strength Training For Running

By Fitness Manager, David Haebler

The next few months bring some awesome opportunity for training for Summer races and events like Hood to Coast, the Helvetia Half Marathon and more. While we might think of just running as preparation for races, most runners need strength training as well to stay durable and powerful for their race events. 

Strength Training Improves Muscular Strength and Endurance

Strength training is a crucial component of a well-rounded fitness regimen for runners, offering a myriad of benefits that directly enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. One significant advantage is the improvement in muscular strength and endurance, which can enhance running efficiency and stride power. By incorporating exercises targeting key muscle groups such as the core, glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps, runners can develop a more stable and powerful running form, allowing them to maintain proper technique even during long distances.

Strength Training Reduces Risk of Injury

Moreover, strength training plays a pivotal role in injury prevention by addressing muscular imbalances and weaknesses. Running is a repetitive, high-impact activity that can place significant stress on the body, increasing the risk of injuries incurred by overuse. By strengthening supportive muscles and stabilizing joints, such as the knees and ankles, strength training helps runners maintain structural integrity and absorb shock more effectively. Additionally, a well-designed strength program can correct biomechanical deficiencies, reducing the likelihood of common injuries such as IT band syndrome, shin splints, and runner’s knee. Running is a very eccentric loading activity that can have serious compressional forces on the body and being stronger allows one to absorb that loading and stay healthy for those races. 

Strength Training Enhances Athleticism and Performance

Furthermore, strength training can enhance overall athleticism and performance by improving agility, balance, and coordination. These qualities are essential for navigating uneven terrain, maintaining pace during sprints, and executing efficient strides. Additionally, strength training can aid in the development of fast-twitch muscle fibers, crucial for sprinting and quick surges during races.

By incorporating a balanced strength training routine into their regimen, runners can unlock their full potential, achieve faster race times, and enjoy a healthier, more resilient body capable of conquering any distance with confidence.

Do you want to participate in a race or set a walking or running goal? We’d love to help! You can reach our fitness staff by inquiring at the front desk or reaching out to our fitness manager David Haebler at