Strength And Conditioning For Ultra Runners: Part Three

Written By Harvey Lawton

Founder of The Movement Blueprint, Harvey is an experienced and well-respected strength coach, specialising in training and corrective exercise for those with endurance goals and those who want to 'move better'.

2 August 2020

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Harvey Lawton is a strength and conditioning coach specialising in training for endurance athletes and is the founder of The Movement Blueprint, an established online training platform offering solutions to improve your performance from every angle.

Harvey has put together a series of four workouts, which we will be sharing over the next four weeks. The focus of this four-part series is to provide you with the tools required to build the mobility and strength that will in turn benefit your running performance.

It’s important to remember that the time you spend away from training/the gym is also invaluable to your progress, so be sure to continue with additional mobility work outside of your sessions. This may be in the form of foam rolling, trigger point myofascial release work, or passive mobility routines whereby you can hold static stretches for around 90-120 seconds each. These are all tools that will help optimise your recovery.

Each week, Harvey will be progressing the session slightly, hoping that you will progress too. He has also made videos to correspond with each exercise, so if you’re unsure, give the videos a watch.

Workout 3

This week’s session offers a chance to continue building primary movement patterns that are transferable to running, and also to think about load. If you feel you have competence in these movement patterns, your next progression is to increase load – however, be mindful that your technique doesn’t suffer as a result of this. Conversely, if you are currently entering a tapering phase or your mileage has recently increased, you should look to continue training these movement patterns but decrease the load/volume.

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