Training Tips for a Pain-Free Return to the Trails // REI Co-op Journal

Though most of us have a hard time stepping away from the trails when they’re covered in snow and ice, a break from high-mileage running is actually an important step in your training. It gives your body time to recover from months of hard work, and you can use the off-season to become a stronger runner. Yes, you can actually get faster by not running at all.

With a simple training program, you’ll return to the trails stronger and more efficient, which will up your odds for a successful, injury-free season. Here’s how to use the off-season to strengthen stabilizer muscles, improve balance, and ease back into the miles.

Implement a Weight Routine

While endurance sport athletes have well-developed aerobic fitness, many runners have great gains to be made in strength. “Lifting heavy weights is really good for endurance athletes because it increases neuromuscular recruitment,” says Wasatch Strength and Conditioning coach Ian Nielson. “If you can recruit more muscle fiber and your body weight is the same, you become more economical because every movement, every stride becomes more efficient.”

Read the full article online at REI Co-op Journal.

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