Custom Cross-Training Prepares Runners for Grandma's

Baihly Warfield
Updated: June 18, 2018 01:54 PM

With three days to go, most runners have finished up their training for the Grandma's Marathon races.

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Runners know some kind of cross-training is important to build up strength or flexibility because it can prevent injury or help recover from one. 

Four days a week, you can find Paige Turri at 9Round in Duluth.

"First is usually jump rope, and then after that, it's some sort of a weight sort of a training," Turri explained the workout program. "Then you start on the bags and do the punches and the kicks, which is my favorite part."

She is getting ready to run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and kickboxing has been a key part of her training.

"The exercise that we do here actually incorporates a lot more cardio than I expected it to," Turri said. 

9Round owner Geoff Rich didn't set out to attract athletes like Paige. 

"It's kind of hidden cardio because you're not on a treadmill, right?" Rich said. "You're doing things that you wouldn't maybe expect to get your heart rate up."

He said as they've gotten to know their members, they've found that kickboxing is quite popular with runners. 

"We're going to track Grandma's pretty closely this year with a lot of our people out there," Rich said. 

The other benefit to her cross-training, Paige said, is that she hasn't had any injuries. 

"I feel like I'm just overall stronger," she said. "I've noticed that my upper body's a lot stronger than it has been in the past."

As Paige celebrates that healthy training season, marathoner Molly Pennings' has been about continued recovery from a serious injury. 

"I was training for Grandma's last year, and I was just doing a little training run in March," Pennings said. "A car was coming down the road, and it was just too close to the edge of the road, and I moved over and fell into the ditch and broke my ankle."

Thanks in part to a device invented in Duluth called the LightSpeed Lift, she was back up and running a couple months later. 

"It takes weight off of you, roughly about 25 pounds or so," Pennings said. 

Malcolm Macaulay, the man who designed it, said it removes about 15-20 percent of the impact of running. It works by attaching four bungee cords to a frame set up around a treadmill. The runner picks his or her pace and just starts running. 

"Gives you kind of better leg turnover, especially when you're running on the Light Speed at fast speeds," Pennings said. "You feel more fluid as you're running."

She said it's also fun to run on it when you're healthy because you can run much faster. 

WDIO will be streaming the 2018 Grandma's Marathon LIVE beginning at 6:15 a.m. Watch on, the WDIO mobile app, and other digital platforms.


Baihly Warfield

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