>Running 101>What muscle groups does running affect?
I'm slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I run.
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Having a strong core helps also- the longer the distance you run you'll need a strong lower back/ab muscles to help keep your form. I usually notice it when hitting the 9-10 mile range and need to remind myself to maintain proper form- I'd say it works your entire body depending on if you are running uphill/ downhill/flat, etc.
I would second that. Had pretty sore quads and calves, but also really felt it in hip flexors and even obliques a bit the next day after marathon. I had been trying to work on core and probably need some more work but was "nice" to see after the race the core is very important.
I think even being strong upper helps in distance races to avoid fatigue. Last year i would get pain/discomfort in shouders, etc. even in 10 or half marathon, this year hit the weights over winter when down with knee injury (since spring just once in a while to maintain strength) the upper body felt great and it does help you (for a short period) to force the lower body but would not count on it too much.
my two main areas to improve will be continued core strengthening and quads as they do not seem to get hit enough on the "easy" runs??
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