Tips on How to Run Faster

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As a certified running coach with RRCA, I often get the same question – “How can I run faster?”

I think everyone wants to run faster, no matter if you are an elite athlete or a back-of-the-packer.

So, here are some tips to help you run faster:

Strength training:

Incorporate strength training exercises into your routine to build muscle and increase your power.

Interval training:

Mix up your training routine with interval workouts, which alternate between high-intensity and recovery periods.

Mix up the Training:

Make sure to incorporate Fartlek, cadence training, strides, and track work into your training.

Good form:

Make sure to maintain good running form, including landing on the midfoot, keeping your upper body relaxed, and avoiding overstriding.

Gradual increases in intensity and distance:

Avoid increasing your training intensity or distance too quickly, as this can increase the risk of injury.

Run consistently:

Remember that running faster takes time. Run at least three if not four days a week and break up your training. Don’t do the same route or the same intensity every time.

Rest and recovery:

Ensure you are getting enough rest and recovery time, and don’t push yourself too hard during training sessions unless it calls for it.

Proper nutrition:

Eat a balanced diet with enough carbohydrates and protein to fuel your training, and hydrate properly before, during, and after your runs.

Use proper shoes:

Invest in a good pair of running shoes that fit well and provide adequate support and cushioning.

Remember, running faster takes time and consistent effort. Keep at it and be patient with yourself. You got this!