How to Run Faster
Many runners want to run faster, even those who don’t have plans on joining marathons. Winning marathons is not the only good thing runners can get from running faster than others; running fast also burns calories and help get rid of guts quicker.
Running regularly can be a challenge itself, and turning it a notch higher by wanting to run faster may not only be physically beneficial but mentally rewarding as well. If you believe you’re ready to run faster, here are some tips you can use to boost your running speed:
Figure out your current speed. Before planning to run faster, it’s only logical to find out what your current running speed is so you know what you need to surpass.
Running faster requires strength. You need to have a stronger body to be able to increase your speed. Simply put–hit the gym. Follow a strength-training program to improve your strength.
Eat right; avoid sweets and greasy foods. Sweets and greasy foods generate fats, and fats will slow you down while running. Remember to stay hydrated at all times. Drinking water as well as energy drinks (or even fruit smoothies) can greatly help you get fueled and avoid dehydration. Make sure you drink fluids before running.
Practice resisted sprints. Run on upward slopes or hills repeatedly. This will result on faster running speed when you run on flat surfaces.
Make sure that you are well rested. Athletes and runners who have adequate sleep tend to give better performance, studies reveal.
Proper gear and clothing will also help a lot during actual running. The lighter your clothing is, the lighter you are. Take off any excessive and unnecessary piece of clothing. Also, choose a light pair of running shoes that just feels right for you.
In contrary to the popular belief that you should not drink coffee prior to running, coffee can actually boost your running speed. A study published by Todd Astorino and other researchers at California State University state that caffeine improves speed by 4-24 seconds. Drink a cup of coffee an hour before running. This can be useful to runners, especially those who plan to join marathons.#
Learn how to manage your breathing. Fast runners are also fast breathers. Use both your nose and mouth when breathing to get the maximum oxygen you can while running.
Focus on the road. Every second matters in running—and every second used looking at your shoes or someplace else, other than the path you’re taking, is a second wasted.
Try interval training. Interval training is switching or alternating between fast running and slow jogging. Speed and endurance can be developed with interval training.
Stretch before you stride. Stretching your muscles prior to running can help you become more flexible for longer, better strides.
These are just some of the steps that can be taken to increase running speed. It sure seems like a lot of work–but with dedication, determination, focus and discipline, all this hard work will pay off once you see and experience the change in your own running speed.