More Americans finished ultra endurance events in 2014 than any other year previously recorded. The highest increase was seen in half marathon participation. These races take months to prepare for and I know from experience what is required to stay healthy throughout the process. Battling chronic aches and pains related to training for a long event is commonplace with most runners at some point during those months of dedication.
My biggest flaw with staying healthy is being too reactive to aches and pains instead of being PROACTIVE. With a short 5-10 minute routine before or after your workout, you could save yourself weeks of frustration and money seeing the doctor dealing with injury.
Try this core exercise routine before your next long workout. Activating the core can help correct inactive muscles by preparing those muscles for your activity. You might be surprised to see instant results the first time, resulting in a faster, more efficient effort. Give it a try and let me know!
Perform 2-3 sets of this quick core circuit:
*Plank - 30-60 seconds
*Bridge - 20 reps
*Opposite Arm/Hip Extension - 10 reps
*Superman - 10 reps
*Single Leg Balance - 30 seconds
Remember to stretch after you are done working out. This will help you increase your flexibility and recovery before your next session.