“RUN YOUR FASTEST 5K: RESISTANCE TRAINING” written by Pete Magill for Competitor.com provides 6 exercises that will give you an all around strength workout. It can be completed relatively quickly and realistically incorporated 1-2 times per week, as Magill recommends, into a running training program. Squats, single leg dead-lifts, planks, lunges, side leg lifts, and step-ups are included.
Although not billed as such, the squats, single leg dead lifts, lunges, and step-ups will also work on balance (any single leg exercise is a balance exercise), especially when weights are used. If the weight seems too heavy for your ability to balance so much that form suffers, back it down a bit and increase accordingly.
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