To keep getting stronger, building muscle or improving any aspect of your fitness, there needs to be a progressive overload. Progressive overload simply means that there needs to be some kind of progression over time in order to imporve what you are trying to imporve. You can't expect to see any imporvements if you never change your workouts.
I was inspired to write about this very important topic after recently talking to two of my new clients with a history of stress fractures and menstrual cycle irregularities. These issues are surprisingly common, so I decided to write a blog post about it and hopefully raise some awareness and help other women who are in a similar situation.
Pain is a complex phenomenon and just because you have pain, doesn't mean you actually have any significant tissue damage. There are many factors involved that can cause an injury and create pain when running. Having said that, these are some of the most common contributing factors:
Strength training has many benefits for runners. We already know from the research that strength training can:
1.Improve running efficiency
2.Improve running speed
3.Improve muscle power
4.Reduce the risk of injuries
5.Support the healing process (rehab protocols for common running-related injuries like IT band syndrome, shin splints, runners knee, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures utilize strength training to trigger the healing response)
Strength training has many benefits for runners like improved running performance, reduced risk of injuries and better health. There are many ways to get stronger and reap all of the benefits, however, not all strength training is created equal. What methods of strength training you choose will depend on your goals, lifestyle, preferences and the amount of time you can dedicate to it.