Strength training for runners | Why it’s different than weight training

Wendy Rivard

For Wendy Rivard, running is a lifestyle. She’s ran 20 half-marathons, four marathons, and countless 5ks. Even her blog, Taking the Long Way Home, documents her running exploits.

But when injuries began to hold her back, she turned to strength training.

“I have noticed a huge difference in my running,” she said. “My legs and glutes are so much stronger.”

Focusing on squats, deadlifts, and CrossFit-type movements, Wendy said she saw the effects almost immediately, PR-ing in the Chicago Marathon by 1 hour and 10 minutes over her previous time. Continue reading “Strength training for runners | Why it’s different than weight training”