I have been running for 25+ years and have had a lot of fun and have also been quite lucky to never have missed running because of a running injury.
Now a little background info: I played football in school and as a result of that fun I had more than a handful of knee and ankle surgeries. Thankfully they were relatively minor in scope and I can run and running- easily- has kept them loose and fluid. Being smart I have remained relatively injury and pain-free
Why should runners get and stay strong – head to toe?
A) Good for posture especially during runs as the miles and time passes
B) Musculo-skeletal strength is helpful in preventing injuries as the muscles absorb much of the impact.
C) Muscle burns more calories / fat than other cells- keeping us more fit in general states
D) Balanced muscles aid in recovery from workouts.
The following articles cover a variety of workouts – notice most have similar moves- REMEMBER THOSE !
*chart of great body-weight exercises
* 20 good moves for strength and fitness