CA Coast 500 + Chaski Run Collective + Lower Body Strength

Run Local Wednesday 2021 Week #15

Welcome to a special edition of Run Local Wednesday as we officially open registration for our California Coast 500 Summer Mileage Challenge!

🎉 Run Local community saves $6 (10%) off the regular price when you register before tomorrow, Thursday, April 15 at 11:59pm PT!

📺 Tune in to @RunLocalEvents IGTV for a conversation with Tyler Andrews, Chaski Run Collective founder, powering California Coast 500 training plans. They discuss the importance of summer miles, FKT’s, running up volcanoes and much more!

🎁 Checkout @RunLocalEvents on Instagram today for a special California Coast 500 x Chaski giveaway!

💪 Keep reading below  for California Elite Fitness’ workout of the week to strengthen your lower body.

📣 Share with us your #RunLocalWednesday running route, post-run coffee shop, restaurant, or other local favorites on social for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter and win Run Local gear.

California Coast 500 Summer Mileage Challenge
May 31 – September 6

✅ Crazy Good Participant Package: Amazing medal (pictured above) that you can do more than just wear around your neck, super soft event shirt, exclusive training plans, digital badges and a personalized commemorative bib.

🏅 Set Your Summer Mileage Goal: Start at the Santa Monica Pier and hit these milestones along the way…

  • 100 – Santa Barbara
  • 250 – San Luis Obispo
  • 400 – Santa Cruz
  • 500 – San Francisco

😎 New Endless Summer: log all your summer miles, beyond 500!

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ Register as a Relay Team: new dedicated interactive map and digital badges to showcase how far you’ve gone together.

🏋️‍♀️🏄‍♀️ New Cross Training Category: more interested in cross training your way to San Francisco this year? We’ll have a dedicated experience for those applying their gym time, surf or skate sessions, cycling and many other activities that move you.

🏆 Weekly Mini Challenges: be motivated each and every week with new challenges and opportunities to win prizes.

🎁 Digital Badges & Stoke: You’ll earn major milestone badges as well unlock checkpoint badges and more throughout the summer.

Lower Body Strength

There is a saying in the fitness community that says you should “never miss a leg day.” It is true that lower body and leg strength will make you a better athlete and runner, but it has an even more important reason. Studies have shown that leg strength is a strong predictor of longevity and good brain function.

In a 2006 study in the Journal of Gerontology, it was found that quadricep strength was a strong predictor of mortality and lifespan. Another study published in 2016 in the Journal of Gerontology indicated that lower body power is also directly related to improved cognitive function as we age, compared to those that are weak in the lower body. 

For those that not only run but also include lower body strengthening in their workout routines, you are putting yourselves in a great position to lead a long productive life. Although it is best to begin participating in a strengthening program when young, you will benefit from exercise no matter what decade of life you are in. 

To get started on improving your strength now, we have added a lower body strengthening routine. Give it a try!