The core running conundrum

Every runner knows they need to commit to do core exercises, yet they don’t follow through.

It’s not too much of a stretch to say that most of my injuries have occurred because of a weak core. Yet I, as do many runners I know, steadfastly ignore the need to do the strength work required. The reality is, for some time now, I have preferred to run and run and, as a consequence, get injured.

Even the most dedicated runner who pounds the streets in rain, snow and darkness, finds the thought of core work mildly depressing. It’s just so dull.

Yet those who commit find success. England international Steve Way told Marathon Talk in an interview earlier this year that he had added a daily core exercise regime to his training to prevent injury, and has seen a number of PBs, and a top ten finish in the Commonwealth Games marathon, as a result.

A daily programme sounds a lot, and I don’t think I could viably work one into my busy life. However, three times a week sounds possible.

So, I am now committing to completing a core workout three times a week. And to try to ensure it is structured, I am going to use my wife’s Jillian Michaels ’30 day shred’ DVD.


That may sound odd, but this is a short and sharp 20 minute workout that focuses on strength, aerobic and abs exercises. There are also three different workouts to progress through, ensuring some variability.

It’s tough, and I have absolute respect for anyone who does this sort of workout on a daily basis. Let’s just hope it solves the running conundrum, ensuring I stay motivated and thus delivering stronger running and less injuries. Jane Fonda eat your heart out.

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