The world has changed so much since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, and we all have been impacted. As runners, it has required us to get flexible and creative when it comes to staying in shape while staying inside or away from communal workout spaces. And although your training life may be different, one benefit runners may have had is a renewed focus on cross-training.
“Right now is a great time to incorporate cross-training into your training program because a lot of races have been canceled due to COVID-19,” says Lindsay Peters, RRCA-certified run coach at P3 Running in Bend, Oregon. “It’s important for runners to incorporate strength training into their schedule because strengthening muscles and joints can decrease injury risk. And strength training can help to improve VO2 max and running posture that will result in an efficient gait, improving running speed.”
“I absolutely love using YouTube videos for cross-training. Having a set routine that you can watch and follow along with another person greatly increases the chance of actually doing it and makes it more fun,” says Cory Smith, USATF Level 1 & 2 Endurance Certified Coach and head coach of Run Your Personal Best in Santa Barbara, California.
We asked running coaches across the country for some of their favorite YouTube videos that runners should try out from home. Here are their 19 favorites.
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