Runners who incorporate strength training into their routine also receive highly beneficial cardio benefits, especially when training and running are paired together. If you spend time stretching and performing training exercises before your run, you naturally increase your heart rate while also increasing blood flow. You can then give your heart the necessary breaks it needs when you start running by reducing your pace. Workouts before running increase the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to all parts of the body. Some research has shown that runners who strength train right before running take longer to reach an “exhaustion point”, which means that stamina and distance are also increased for runners with a dedicated strength training practice.