I am preparing for a 1/2 marathon. Should I keep strength training?
The answering is a resounding YES. Generally speaking most people who start a training program immediately give up everything that does not have to do with running. I get it people, when you have to get in your weekly mileage it's hard to keep ding everything.
But you would be better served keeping strength training as part of your weekly program. Why you ask? Because Urban Athletes cross train and understand that a balanced body is a injury free body. Strength training is one of the biggest factors that will impact your health, fitness, and performance; it will increase your power and help control your speed on hills.
Most runners suffer from the same injuries; patellofemoral pain syndrome (also known as runner’s knee), which is caused
by hip dysfunction. Tight/weak hips cause compensations elsewhere
that generally results in knee injuries. Strengthening the hips and glutes is one of the best injury prevention measures a runner can take. And how can you do this? By strength training and focusing on balancing out your hamstrings and your quadriceps which are generally more developed.
You should make time for 2-3 days a week of strength training, focusing on moves that will help your body stay strong through every mile. Focusing on moves like core stability and single leg exercises. A strong core will not only look great, it’ll also help contribute to
better posture throughout the day and while running. This means you’ll
be a more efficient runner.