I've been kind of rethinking my strength routine and I was hoping to use this thread as a collection of ideas to hone the plan. Hopefully I can come up with a plan over the next week or two to test out during the winter race season here, which will consist of 6 trail races that range from 25k-35k, through March of 2013. The goal is to see some general performance increases and a progression between the races. A couple of things that I have seen over time regarding strength training and endurance running: -Strength takes way more time to build than beyond a novice level than endurance -They are somewhat contradictory specifically in the mass gain area -A minimum of 12 weeks of a systematic strength plan is needed to evaluate its potential As always the meat of the plan will be squats, deadlifts, bench, press, and pulls. What I am trying to figure out is the best rep ranges, workout frequencies and timing, and exercise types. I am pretty sure I am going to leave strength endurance out, unless I come across some enlightening research. I think running and possibly some calisthenics will be enough for conditioning.