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Louise Damen
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Hi, I’m currently training for a half marathon but my longer term aim is to run a marathon in October. I am currently running 3 times a week – a long slow run, a tempo run, and an interval/hill session. I know strength and conditioning is important so I’m trying to spend some time in the gym too. One problem I have found is that I get DOMS for 24-72 hours after a leg session which can then compromise my running. What would you recommend as I’m conscious that strength and conditioning is important but obviously don’t want to lose the benefits of my run?

You are absolutely right in that strength and conditioning is an important aspect of your training and it can be challenging to successfully combine with running. Just like your running it’s important that your strength and conditioning work is periodised in relation to your running goals. For example, as you start your specific marathon training your strength and conditioning work should shift in focus from lifting heavy weights to just maintaining some strength (perhaps you just lift heavy every other week) and working on your overall conditioning (core stability etc).

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Louise has been running for over 20 years, with the last 16 of those at International level. She has represented Grea...