Lift Before You Run: Strength Training for a 5K

March 20, 2015 10:00 AM

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Spring is upon us. Longer days, warmer temperatures and the desire to shed winter weight gain seem to bring out the runner in everyone. Many people start by signing up for their first 5K and downloading a C25K app or program. The problem is if you're truly starting from the couch, you may not reach the finish line if you don't start with strength training.

Running is a high impact activity that puts a great deal of stress on the body. While recent studies have shown that running does not increase the risk of knee arthritis, running without strong muscles and connective tissue can open you up to injury. Weak quadriceps can cause kneecaps to be out of a...

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