Power up the park
Upper body training may not seem important for runners, but building strength in your torso will encourage good form when fatigue sets in. You don’t need a gym – getting out to your local park provides all the equipment needed for a calisthenics workout. Try this routine for size:
Press-ups Get into a press-up position on the ground with your arms close to your chest – don’t let them splay outwards. Tense your core to keep your body straight as you lower to the ground and push explosively
back up. Perform as many as you can. Dips On a park bench, place your hands on the seat and extend your legs out in front of you. Now lower your body until your upper arms are parallel with the ground before pushing back up. Perform as many as you can.
Pull-ups Using the crossbar of a swing, monkey bars or a stable tree branch, take an overhand and shoulderwidth grip. Keep your core tensed as you pull your chest up to touch the bar, then slowly lo lower back down. Perform as many as you can.