First, let me say that while I used to run (I have run several half marathons and trained for a marathon); I am no longer a runner. I’ve learned so much about our bodies through my study of anatomy, etc. that I have made the personal choice to quit running. That being said, to all of my runner friends out there, if you want a stronger performance and less injury there is one thing you must focus on: core strength and stabilization.
However, doing multiple crunches just won’t cut it. In order to really strengthen and stabilize your core muscles you must target the Transverse Abdominus and the best way to do that is through Pilates. Research shows that Pilates is beneficial in working the deeper core muscles that can help you to perform better on the road and prevent injury. Look for a certified instructor in your area and hit the mat!