Gotta’ go fast? Whether you’re training for a big event or are just getting tired of your fellow runners passing on your left, you’ll need to improve your running speed. That said, getting faster is generally easier said than done — especially if you don’t have a coach to guide you through it.
If you have the need for speed but aren’t sure how to reach your goals, we’re here to help! Here’s a brief guide on how to improve your running speed.
Create a Plan
First things first, if you want to improve your speed and have those improvements stick, you’ll need to start by creating a plan.
You can start creating your plan by taking stock of where you currently are as a runner and how long you have to reach your goals. Keep in mind that there are limits to what the human body can do. So, make sure you consult a physician before you change up your workout too much and try to set reasonable goals.
With your goals in place, you can begin to set up your workout routine and add a few changes to your regular training that will help you focus on getting faster. Remember to incorporate rest days into your routine so you don’t injure yourself and undo all of your hard work!
Running Up That Hill
Incline training is essential to improving your overall speed because it ups the difficulty and pits you against every runner’s greatest adversary: gravity.
If you’re training for a specific race, try to find a hill similar in incline and height to any you may encounter during the event. Otherwise, any hill you can find will do. If you live in a flat area, you can substitute hill training with inclined treadmill workouts.
Up the Tempo
Tempo training does not mean running as fast as you possibly can for as long as you can stand it; it means running as fast as you comfortably and safely can for a short period at the start of your regular routine.
Start by upping the tempo for about five minutes before dropping down to your regular pace. Then as your speed and fitness level improve, up that time in five-minute intervals.
Adding interval training to your regular routine can also help improve your speed in the long run. Interval training for speed generally entails running as fast as you possibly can for one to two minutes before dropping back down to your regular pace for five. Your exact interval routine depends on your current fitness level and skill as a runner.
Bonus Tip: Focus on Form
As you work to improve your speed, it’s important to remember to maintain your form so you don’t hurt yourself. Harder, more extreme workouts generally make it easier to slip into bad habits, which could lead to injury. So, work on maintaining your posture and consider some breathwork facilitator training.
How to Improve Your Running Speed
By following this guide you’ll be able to boost your running speed in no time. And once you master the methods, who knows how fast you’ll go!
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