Last spring I was asked to speak at a running room clinic on the importance of strength training for runners. I hummed and hawed about doing the presentation as I have done them before and have had little success at getting across to runners on how important it is not only for improving race times but avoiding injuries and longevity in the sport.
My Aunt was the one running the group so naturally I said yes. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to say and how I was going to get across to the runners to try and get them in the gym. I tried something a little different then what I have done in the past and it worked!!
After the presentation I had over 10 people come in and start training with me. It is now seven months later and there are still nine of these individuals training and let me tell you I have seen some amazing improvements in coordination, strength and balance. Our first session as a group took us 50 minutes to get through the warm up.
We still have a ways to go but I am so proud of these athletes who took the chance to try something new and have been so dedicated over the past seven months. The improvements I see each session get me so excited. I look forward to helping each of them achieve their goals in 2019.
This weekend many of them will be running a marathon they have been training extremely hard for. I wish you the best of luck this weekend Kerri, Sheila, Barb, Jan, & Julie. Run hard and have fun!
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