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OK, again my personal belief.  The most important thing about running is running, so I focus pretty much only on actual running.  One exception, I do a weekly core stability class to specifically develop and strengthen my core and back.  This form of exercise came about as a result of multiple stress fractures in my back at the beginning of 2006.  These classes have paid off and really help my back, hips and hamstrings while I’m out there on the road.

I don’t specifically add gym work or any other cross training to my programme.  I will cycle or swim if I have an injury that requires no impact stress.  I don’t do weights or use those exercise machines at the gym.  I find running takes up enough of my time!  I save the gym work and treadmill running for stormy days when the weather is not suitable for outdoor exercise.  My husband, Andy (when he is actually training) uses treadmill running for speed training.  He maintains it is a controlled way of “upping the pace”.  He says it works for him.

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with spending time in the gym.  It does help to build strength but beware that you don’t cause yourself an injury by pushing too much weight!

If you play other sport, you can continue to do so as long as you don’t run the risk of injury which is more likely to happen in contact sports.  I have recently taken up SCUBA diving and I find it quite hard work, but at the same time it is good for muscle toning and upper body strength.  Another good day out is hiking.  It offers a nice variation to your leg muscles and gives a pretty good workout, both physically and in terms of cardiovascular fitness.

Key words: running, treadmill, cross training, 
Internal links: core stability, hamstrings,
External links: Official Comrades Marathon website,


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