3. Start a strength-training program.
Many runners run, and that’s it. Logging all of those aerobic miles is what helps keep runners lean and light, especially during the racing season, but if you really want to lose some pounds you need to incorporate strength training into your regime, says Ed Cashin, owner of Exceed Fitness in NYC. Strength training increases your metabolism to the point where you continue to burn calories for 48 hours after you’re done. Cashin refers to it as ‘post-exercise oxygen consumption.’ A consistent workout of 45 minutes, three times per week will have you coming out of the off-season lean and ready for racing.