In usual fashion, The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy inspired this post. Christian writes about the need for strong hips/ass as a prerequisite to good running form. I couldn’t agree more.
I’m a huge fan of strength training for runners as a form of crosstraining. I have an entire section of my book dedicated to weight training, I routinely recommend programs like Kemme Fitness and Crossfit, and I even support Christian’s seemingly Read More...
In my last post on weight training, I was purposely vague in order to stimulate discussion, though it was implied the question was geared toward runners. Now we’ll look at a very specific case- weight training for ultrarunning.
Our goals for weight training are specific. We want to:
Make our bodies more resilient to damage from running 50-100 miles,
Increase balance to facilitate trail running over technical terrain,
Increase proprioception to prevent injuries from hyperextension,
Decrease recovery time after the Read More...
Some exercises people do in the gym are absolutely worthless… except training you to do that exact exercise.
The question: what exercises fit into this “worthless” category?
[The following is a guest post by Pete Kemme. I frequently mention Pete here and finally convinced him to make a guest appearance. I regard Pete as one of the leading experts on functional fitness. His crazy-ass brutal crosstraining workouts have helped me finish run ultras on relatively low mileage. Check out Pete's fitness site http:kemmefitness.com. To see what he does, check out this YouTube vid. Pete, being the humble guy he is, wouldn't mention Read More...
[The following post was written by Jesse Scott. Jesse is one of the writers I recently recruited to occasionally write for BRU. Check out his blog "In Search of Solid Ground" to read more of Jesse's writings.]
Something I dislike doing is explicitly telling others what to do. We’re all individuals with our own wants, needs, and feelings. The best way for me to help others is by giving an example, or in most Read More...
When people begin barefoot running, they usually start at very low mileage. This is a wise strategy, but may be difficult for runners accustomed to high mileage or high intensity. When they ask for an alternative to running while they make the transition, I always suggest burpee pullups.
I’ve received a few emails from people inquiring about my low mileage training for ultramarathons. If you take weekly mileage alone, my training appears to be inadequate at best; downright stupid at worst.
If this were my lone ultra training, it would be stupid. I sincerely doubt I would be able to finish even a 50 miler with my running volume. Life circumstances (i.e. kids) limit my training time. My secret to maximizing the mileage I can get: high intensity interval Read More...