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October we are going to focus a large portion of our training on strength. This is not typical of a Stride class and it does not mean that the workout is turning into Tread & Shred. On the contrary, we are dedicating part of the training session to specific work that targets muscle groups that are required for sustainable running, but are commonly lacking in runners.

These are movements that are less functional than what we do in Tread & Shred or Strength sessions. They are designed to teach us to run hard and stay strong in our form even when we are completely exhausted. This is effective work regardless of what kinds of distances we train for. It will primarily focus on the development on the strength and power in a person’s running economy. Running economy can be described as a measurement of the amount of energy it takes to run at a given pace. Having a more efficient and strong stride will allow a runner to maintain faster speeds using less energy.

This month in Stride we are not trying to pull a metabolic or cardio stimulus by adding this strength work - we will save that for Tread & Shred. We want our focus and intention to be the parts of the body that maximize the longevity of our form and overall health when we run a lot. The typical areas that we will target include hips, core, and yes, upper body work. This all contributes to a strong gait!