In all professionally created half-marathon training plans, cross-training is included in the schedule. But many runners tend to ignore it or are aimless in their cross-training. This generally leads to some of the most common injuries associated with running. But, by adding the NordicTrack Fusion CST to your half-marathon training, you can prevent many of the common injuries runners suffer from as they train.
1. Prevent IT Band Syndrome
When runners suffer from iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, the ligament which runs from the outside of the hip and down to the knee becomes incredibly tight. The tightened band then rubs along the femur and causes it to become inflamed.
A large part of why IT band syndrome occurs is because of a lack of strength in the surrounding muscles and supporting ligaments. There are many strength-building exercises available on the Fusion CST and you can choose from beginner, intermediate, to advanced programs to challenge yourself.
2. Stave Off Running-Induced Stress Fractures
The development of stress fractures is distressingly common among distance runners, especially those who run outside. Along with using an excellent treadmill that comes with a cushioned and flexible deck, you can use the Fusion CST to help stave off running-induced stress fractures.
Part of the cause of stress fractures is the repetitiveness of running. While you don’t have to skip running training days, you will want to take your cross-training seriously. By engaging in one of the many Fusion CST workouts, you can enjoy a high cardio impact exercise which will not strike and jar the same areas on your bones that running does.
3. Avert Plantar Fasciitis
One of the most common running injuries is plantar fasciitis, where small tears and/or inflammation builds up along the ligaments and tendons which run from the toes to the heels. This problem can plague runners for months, even years, and is best averted altogether.
Many of the Fusion CST workouts call for strong extensions of the body, from the user’s arms to their legs. Not only are your muscles built up during these workouts, but your muscles, tendons, and ligaments will be well-stretched. Active and dynamic stretching is a fantastic way to prevent any occurrence of plantar fasciitis.
4. End Runner’s Knee Pain
Runner’s knee, properly called patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a pain caused by irritation to cartilage found under the kneecap (patella). Almost half of all regular runners report struggling with runner’s knee.
A major cause of runner’s knee is weak glutes and hip muscles. This surprises many runners, who assume their glutes and hips are strong due to all their running. However, running does not target all muscles in the legs and hips well enough to prevent runner’s knee.
The Fusion CST comes with digital resistance, which can help users build their muscles over time. It also comes with two ankle straps so users can specifically target their lower bodies as they workout. This kind of targeted muscle training can help end runner’s knee and keep it from returning.
Hopefully, as you train for your next half-marathon, you consider adding the Fusion CST to your training schedule. While adding another element to your running training can be time-consuming, it is infinitely better than struggling through an injury which might put an end to your training altogether.