Training For Your First Marathon? Here’s Three Exercises to Improve Your Performance

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Everyone knows that running 26.2 miles is extremely daunting, especially if it is your first time. Believe it or not, though, it’s not impossible! Keep reading for a list of exercises to try to make the experience more digestible, improve your running performance, and prevent injuries.

Side Planks

Strengthening your core is essential in running, as it promotes improved posture and stability while you run. Side planks, in particular, are better than regular planks as they improve lateral stability while running. Core exercises like side planks prevent things like hip drops when you’re running, which is imperative for preventing injury.

Backward Lunges

Any glute and hamstring-building exercises are great for enhancing your running performance by mobilizing all of your muscles and improving your running form. Glute and hamstring exercises in particular will prevent you from over-dependence on your quads which can easily prevent Runner’s Knee or lower back pain. Backward Lunges are especially great, because they will take pressure off your knees.


We know burpees are rough but they work almost every muscle group in your body! Imagine that! Try a set of burpees after a set of strength training or after your backward lunges. The explosive movement right after a strength session is great for neuromuscular coordination which will improve your overall movement efficiency and athleticism.