Simple strength exercises can reduce your risk of injury between 30-60%. More importantly, they make running easier (and faster).
A common mistake is runners doing 5 or more exercises when really, at the beginning, focussing on 2-3 good exercises with quality and control is the key.
3 key areas you want to target are;
Glute Medius – crab walks to help the muscles on the side of your hip.
Glute Max – a hip bridge to help your big strong propulsion muscle.
Quads and Control – A slow single leg squat to emulate running.
Bonus points, not in the video below, calf raises are also super valuable.