The Gym and Running
Loving the fact that my gym now has a mirror facing the squat rack. I can now see how much I favour my right side and how this is causing the pain in my left buttock. The PT said to give him 1 month to fix it so he has me doing squats with me holding a 12kg kettlebell to my shoulder. Really awkward but it works. I also did some clams and while laying there we chatted about how the other PTs who were training their groups were putting everyone through such pain and exhaustion and wondering if it is anywhere as effective as my sessions with him. I pay $220 a month for my sessions with him and have seen such a dramatic difference in the last year with my strength, body shape (which I barely recognise anymore and crazy high fitness level. If all those dramatic changes can happen from one 45 min session a week and a bit of running, than why is everyone else putting themselves through several very painful looking sessions a week?
Anyway, The strength training I do with him is also the only reason I am able to run hills during races because I never do them in my running training.
Therefore, I cannot stress how important some form of strength training is for runners. Besides giving you wicked muscles and a sexy body shape, it is definitely one of the best ways to become a stronger runner.