While running is an awesome exercise in and of itself, strength training is also an important part of becoming a better runner. Incorporating exercises that work your hamstrings, glutes and core can help you hit new distance and speed PR’s while also preventing injury.
Many runners are hamstring dominant, which can lead to unbalance and an improper running form. The deadlift uses a hip hinge that is important in running to strengthen and help you learn to engage your glutes.
How-To: With dumbbells in hand and feet shoulder-width apart, hinge at the hips, keeping a slight bend in your knees as you lower the dumbbells along your shins. Go as far as possible while still maintaining a flat back and then squeeze your glutes to come back up.